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languish (verb) be forced to stay unhappily at a place for a long time; become weaker and less successful; long for something or some person.

Children languish in boarding schools they do not like. They spend their time there unhappily if they languish there. Prisoners of war languish in enemy camps and jails, where they spend their time in distressing conditions. Those sentenced to long terms of imprisonment languish in prisons; that is they spend life unpleasantly in prisons. When an industry languishes, its products lack demand, and it suffers losses. The activity of the company suffers. Workmen languish if they fail to find proper work with proper pay. A person languishes if they long for someone they love, and pine for them. If while thinking of those whom they love they become inactive and dull, they languish.

  • Once a war is over, people feel greatly relieved, but the prisoners of war languishing in enemy jails have to wait for some more time to be freed. They are unhappier for a longer time than the others.
  • The child languished in the boarding school. None of the games or the entertainments could make the child forget its mother who it pined for.
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