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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lin·ger v. i. [imp. &  p. p. Lingered p. pr. & vb. n. Lingering.]  To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate.
    Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind.   --Gray.
    Perhaps thou linger'st, in deep thoughts detained.   --Milton.
 Syn: -- To loiter; lag; saunter; delay; tarry; stop; hesitate.