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 Dictionary entry overview: What does languish mean? 

  The verb LANGUISH has 3 senses:

1. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
2. have a desire for something or someone who is not present
3. become feeble

  Familiarity information: LANGUISH used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1languish [BACK TO TOP]


Lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


languish; pine away; waste

Context example:

After her husband died, she just pined away

Hypernyms (to "languish" is one way to...):

weaken (become weaker)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sense 2languish [BACK TO TOP]


Have a desire for something or someone who is not present

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


pine; yen; languish; yearn; ache

Context examples:

She ached for a cigarette / I am pining for my lover

Hypernyms (to "languish" is one way to...):

hanker; long; yearn (desire strongly or persistently)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "languish"):

die (languish as with love or desire)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

Sense 3languish [BACK TO TOP]


Become feeble

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


languish; fade

Context example:

The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon

Hypernyms (to "languish" is one way to...):

degenerate; deteriorate; devolve; drop (grow worse)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

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