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lingerverb [I]

 us   /ˈlɪŋ·ɡər/
to take ​longer than ​usual to ​leave or ​disappear: We went to ​smallcafes where we could linger over ​cappuccino. The ​smell lingered in the ​kitchen for ​days.
lingering
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈlɪŋ·ɡər·ɪŋ/
She has lingering ​doubts about his ​ability to do the ​job.
(Definition of linger from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"linger" in British English

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lingerverb [I]

uk   /ˈlɪŋ.ɡər/  us   /-ɡɚ/
C2 to take a ​longtime to ​leave or ​disappear: After the ​play had ​finished, we lingered for a while in the ​barhoping to ​catchsight of the ​actors. The ​smell from the ​fire still lingered ​dayslater. It's ​impossible to ​forget such ​horrificevents - they linger (on) in the ​memoryforever.
lingerer
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
(Definition of linger from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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