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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: languir, from Latin languere

languish

verb
     
lan‧guish [intransitive]
1 if someone languishes somewhere, they are forced to remain in a place where they are unhappy
languish in
Shaw languished in jail for fifteen years.
2 if something languishes, it fails to improve and develop or become successful [↪ founder; ≠ flourish]:
The housing market continues to languish.
The shares are languishing at just 46p after yesterday's fall.
West Ham United are currently languishing at the bottom of the league.

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