|Origin:||languir, from Latin languere|
if someone languishes somewhere, they are forced to remain in a place where they are unhappy
Shaw languished in jail for fifteen years.
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.