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languish

verb [I]
 
 
/ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ/ formal
languish at/in, etc sth to stay in an unpleasant or difficult situation for a long time: to languish in jailBecoming and making less strong
Translations of “languish”
in Vietnamese úa tàn, tiều tụy…
in Spanish languidecer, consumirse…
in Thai อ่อนแรง…
in Malaysian menjadi lembap…
in French (se)languir…
in German ermatten…
in Chinese (Traditional) 受苦,經歷苦難,受煎熬…
in Indonesian makin lemah, merana…
in Chinese (Simplified) 受苦,经历苦难,受煎熬…
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