Lan·guish v. i. [imp. & p. p. Languished p. pr. & vb. n. Languishing.]
1. 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.
We . . . do languish of such diseases. --2 Esdras viii. 31.
Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife,
And let me languish into life. --Pope.
For the fields of Heshbon languish. --Is. xvi. 8.
2. To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy.
Syn: -- To pine; wither; fade; droop; faint.
Lan·guish v. i. To cause to droop or pine. [Obs.]
Lan·guish, n. See Languishment. [Obs. or Poetic]
What, of death, too,
That rids our dogs of languish? --Shak.
And the blue languish of soft Allia's eye. --Pope.
v 1: lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her
husband died, she just pined away" [syn: pine away, waste]
2: have a desire for something or someone who is not present;
"She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover"
[syn: ache, yearn, yen, pine]
3: become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in
the dungeon" [syn: fade]