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linger (verb) continue to stay longer than expected; Continue to look at something or somebody longer than usual; Stay alive getting weaker and weaker.

If you linger somewhere you stay longer than usual because you are unwilling to leave. ”Even after the interview, she lingered there hoping to know the result.” This means that even after the interview she stayed about the place because she was unwilling to go away; she wanted to know the result of the interview. When your looks linger on something or somebody you look at longer than is usual. Something about it or the person interests you, so you look at them longer than is expected. The smell or the taste of something lingers, if it stays for sometime and disappears slowly. If a person grows weaker and weaker and still stays alive, they linger.

  • Even after finishing his talk with the officer, he lingered there in the hope of getting some news about his chances of getting a job there. His waiting there after the talk did not yield any result.
  • Every one wondered what perfume Lucy used, because even after she left the room, the air in the room lingred heavy with the smell of the perfume.
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