From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlanguishlan‧guish /ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ/ verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 1STAY/NOT LEAVEif someone languishes somewhere, they are forced to remain in a place where they are unhappylanguish in 🔊 Shaw languished in jail for fifteen years.2FAILif something languishes, it fails to improve and develop or become successful → founder opp 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.→ See Verb table
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languish in• Tran spend five long years languishing inrefugeecamps.• The case has languished in the courts for years.