linger

When someone lingers, he or she takes an unexpectedly long time to depart, as Romeo lingers when bidding Juliet farewell (or as annoying houseguests almost always tend to do).

In addition to its primary meaning of "taking a long time to depart," linger has the additional meaning of "persisting while gradually weakening." In this sense, linger can refer to feelings or sensations that slowly fade away, like the smell of perfume that lingers in an elevator after the passengers have exited.

Definitions of linger
1

v remain present although waning or gradually dying

“Her perfume lingered on”
Type of:
persist, remain, stay
stay behind

v be about

Synonyms:
footle, hang around, lallygag, loaf, loiter, lollygag, lounge, lurk, mess about, mill about, mill around, tarry
Types:
lurch, prowl
loiter about, with no apparent aim
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v take one's time; proceed slowly

Synonyms:
dawdle
Antonyms:
belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
move fast
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v leave slowly and hesitantly

Synonyms:
tarry
Type of:
go away, go forth, leave
go away from a place

v move to and fro

“The shy student lingered in the corner”
Synonyms:
hover
Type of:
hesitate, waffle, waver
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

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