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LINGER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does linger mean? 

LINGER (verb)
  The verb LINGER has 5 senses:

1. remain present although waning or gradually dying
2. be about
3. leave slowly and hesitantly
4. take one's time; proceed slowly
5. move to and fro

  Familiarity information: LINGER used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


LINGER (verb)


Sense 1linger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remain present although waning or gradually dying

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

Her perfume lingered on

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

persist; remain; stay (stay behind)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2linger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be about

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

tarry; mill around; mill about; mess about; lollygag; loiter; hang around; footle; lallygag; loaf; linger; lurk; lounge

Context examples:

The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square / Who is this man that is hanging around the department?

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

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

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

lurch; prowl (loiter about, with no apparent aim)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3linger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Leave slowly and hesitantly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

tarry; linger

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

go away; go forth; leave (go away from a place)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4linger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take one's time; proceed slowly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

dawdle; linger

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

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

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

Antonym:

rush (step on it)

Also:

linger over (delay)


Sense 5linger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move to and fro

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

hover; linger

Context example:

The shy student lingered in the corner

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

hesitate; waffle; waver (pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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