To languish is to become pitiful or weak because you're sick, in love, or stuck somewhere. A prisoner might languish in jail, longing for her freedom.

Languish, like languid, is from the Latin word languere which means "to be weak or faint." Your houseplants might languish in a dark dry corner. A Romantic poet might languish on a velvet couch with the back of her hand to her forehead. People in operas love to languish: The main character in La Traviata, Violetta, languishes from longing and eventually tuberculosis.

Definitions of languish
  1. verb
    become feeble
    “The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon”
    synonyms: fade
  2. verb
    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
    synonyms: pine away, waste
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    type of:
    become weaker
  3. verb
    experience prolonged suffering in an unpleasant situation or place
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    type of:
    experience (emotional) pain
  4. verb
    fail to progress or succeed
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    flourish, fly high, prosper, thrive
    make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance
    type of:
    fail, go wrong, miscarry
    be unsuccessful
  5. verb
    have a desire for something or someone who is not present
    synonyms: ache, pine, yearn, yen
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    languish as with love or desire
    type of:
    hanker, long, yearn
    desire strongly or persistently
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