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lingering

adjective
     
lin‧ger‧ing [usually before noun]
continuing to exist for longer than usual or desirable
lingering doubts/suspicions etc
Any lingering hopes of winning the title soon disappeared.
Mr Wilkins suffered a lingering death.
lingering smell/aroma/odour
the lingering aroma of chocolate
lingeringly adverb
WORD FOCUS: long WORD FOCUS: long
continuing for a long time: lengthy

continuing for much too long: interminable, marathon, endless, long-winded, long-drawn-out, protracted

continuing for a long time and not changing: permanent, lasting, lifelong

when feelings last for a long time: lingering, abiding, enduring, lasting


See also
long

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