languish

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 Traviatta, Violetta, languishes from longing and eventually tuberculosis.

Primary Meanings of languish

1.
v
become feeble
2.
v
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
Full Definitions of languish
1

v become feeble

“The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon”
Synonyms:
fade
Type of:
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
grow worse

v lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

Synonyms:
pine away, waste
Type of:
weaken
become weaker
2

v have a desire for something or someone who is not present

Synonyms:
ache, pine, yearn, yen
Types:
die
languish as with love or desire
Type of:
hanker, long, yearn
desire strongly or persistently

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