Languish is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of languish, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
EXAMPLES - Languish in a Sentence
- What, deny her the chance to languish at "Mr Spotted Tail"? (source)
- They cannot languish under the burden of past misgivings permanently. (source)
- Until BofA excises its housing ghosts, the stock is likely to languish. (source)
- Yet they had allowed Wolverine to be taken to the brig and to languish there. (source)
- If not, he warns, Paris will "languish" like a "cancerous cell unable to grow". (source)
- "languish" in an Australian jail until the US marshals arranged to take him back. (source)
- Those contracts work best if Las Vegas Sands' shares languish after Friday's gains. (source)
- She said people who go to court should not be required to "languish" in courthouse halls. (source)
- V. ii.42 (250,7) rids our dogs of languish] For _languish_, I think we may read, _anguish_. (source)
- This, while nearly three billion human beings subsist (or "languish") on less than $2 a day. (source)
- We have seen things like Project Exile really kind of languish under the Clinton-Gore administration. (source)
- They were forgotten, put on the bus and sent back to Mexico or just left to languish wherever they are. (source)
- Thousands of Tamils continue to languish in temporary camps - homeless in a country where they once thrived. (source)
- And while parts of the old world economy languish in the transition taking place, Africa will springboard ahead. (source)
- On the one hand this is not surprising; job creation continues to languish and Democrats are in control of Washington. (source)
- -- Approximately 250 homeless people with AIDS will continue to languish in homelessness or return to streets and shelters. (source)
- It all rests on you whether the oppressed black people of this land are brought forth into the light, or languish in bondage. (source)
- And unless NASA brings its focus clearly in line with science, then it's going to continue to languish in its currently state. (source)
- She urges those she meets to revive forgotten pieces, stating how sad it is to let beautiful items languish in jewellery boxes. (source)
- Yet the center stands empty, and its staff idle, while two Kuwaiti citizens languish in their eighth year of imprisonment at Guantanamo. (source)
- Sure there are plenty of cultural and structural barriers that incline the left to be marginalized and, thus, languish in internal process. (source)
- Books on achieving sobriety, collecting Hummel figurines, putting an end to deforestation, and finding Prince Charming will languish, unopened. (source)
- While cases would "languish" in the Rota, the CDF handled cases "expeditiously, fairly, and with due regard to the rights of all the parties involved." (source)
- This means that lawyers frequently quibble over precise wording and agreements can languish for years as countries struggle to agree and become deadlocked. (source)
- But Wall Street as a whole is likely to come under increased pressure if returns languish, especially if compensation ratios drift upward due to a revenue drop-off. (source)
- The egg industry steadfastly fought all efforts to step up government oversight, and anti-regulation Republicans allowed the proposal to languish for nearly a decade. (source)
- Two bank officials were arrested and jailed on charges of misappropriating funds; the rest of the case, including the money-laundering side, was left to languish in memory. (source)
- Research and experience have demonstrated supportive housing like CAMBA Gardens is a cost effective alternative to letting people live on the street or languish in shelters. (source)
- I was, you know, spending a lot of time -- when you're a stand-up comedian, you have 23 hours of the day to just kind of languish and wait for the gig and do a little writing. (source)
- Speculative buyers spurred overbuilding in markets like San Diego, Atlanta and Los Angeles during the housing boom, and those homes were left to languish once the bubble burst. (source)
- Less than a year later, employees complained to an independent arbitrator that the company was letting equipment and critical safety systems languish at its Greater Prudhoe Bay drilling field. (source)
- The goal of securing all nuclear material in the next four years could not afford to languish for perhaps just as many years in a negotiating conference to make states 'commitments legally-binding. (source)
- For all of Sen. Kerry's talk of democratic ideals, reform-minded Muslims across the region saw in Libya our willingness to let those ideals languish in order to satisfy our fetish for multilateralism. (source)
- There are several female characters -- among them Jenna, a stunning preppy icon, and Connie, loving and excruciatingly pathetic -- in this long book, who languish, trapped by the apparent dullness of their gender. (source)
- The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation on Tuesday intended to make it easier for foster families to provide permanent homes for children, especially older ones, who often languish in the child welfare system. (source)
- I mean the fact that this has been accomplished in two years time, because John Paul II was put on the fast track, and they put a lot of people on this project but there are plenty of others who kind of languish in obscurity. (source)
- Predicting that recent volatility in such flows will continue or even increase, RBS anticipates that the rupee may "languish" in the 46 rupees-47. 50 rupees range over the next three months, with an upside bias for the dollar. (source)
- Our system is failing because, as I languish in a classroom with grimy floors, graffiti, and zero technology, the "coaches" and "coordinators" in our local district indulge in high-priced holiday parties to congratulate themselves on the "support" they never provide. (source)
- Away it bobbed, swiftly out of range of net or hook, floating southward on the current, sparkling, scenting, bumping the occasional whisker or fin, destined to eventually loop the Floridian peninsula, where it would languish in waters well suited to its contents-until the night when hurricane tides would beach it. (source)
- All that does is increase the likelihood that an institution already working its tail off under stress may collapse; or far worse, force them to adopt survival business practices that cause even more harm to the U.S. economy -- say like not lending and letting the U.S. industrial base languish for another half-decade. (source)
- Rajapakse needs to reassure the Tamil minority and the international community that he intends to meet minimum standards of acceptable conduct and decency in the treatment of the displaced Tamil population, too many of whom still languish in detention, and that he intends to craft and implement policies that protect their human rights, including adequate devolution. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 56.0, which suggests that "languish" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 40 synonyms for languish.
be disregarded, be neglected, brood, conk out, decline, desire, despond, deteriorate, die on vine, dwindle, ebb, fade, fag, fag out, fail, faint, fizzle out, flag, go soft, go to pieces, grieve, hanker, hunger, knock out, long, pine, repine, rot, sicken, sigh, snivel, sorrow, suffer, tucker, waste, waste away, weaken, wilt, wither, yearn
We have 13 antonyms for languish.
be happy, build, delight, despise, develop, dislike, flourish, grow, hate, improve, increase, rise, strengthen
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of languish from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor.
- (verb-intransitive) To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions: languished away in prison.
- (verb-intransitive) To remain unattended or be neglected: legislation that continued to languish in committee.
- (verb-intransitive) To become downcast or pine away in longing: languish apart from friends and family; languish for a change from dull routine.
- (verb-intransitive) To affect a wistful or languid air, especially in order to gain sympathy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-intransitive) To become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation; to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away; to linger in a weak or deteriorating condition; to wither or fade.
- (verb-intransitive) To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy.
- (verb-intransitive) To be neglected and unattended to.
- (verb-intransitive) To cause to droop or pine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To become weak or spiritless; become listless or sad; lose strength or animation; pine: as, to languish in solitude.
- (None) To droop, wither, or fade, as a plant, from heat, drought, neglect, or other unfavorable conditions.
- (None) To grow feeble or dull; lose activity and vigor; dwindle; fall off: as, the war languished for lack of supplies; manufactures languished.
- (None) To act languidly; present or assume a languid appearance or expression, especially as an indication of tender or enervating emotion.
- (None) Synonyms To decline, faint, fail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
- (verb) become feeble
- (verb) have a desire for something or someone who is not present