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Pronunciation: (lang'gwish), [key]
1. to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade.
2. to lose vigor and vitality.
3. to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity; suffer hardship and distress: to languish in prison for ten years.
4. to be subjected to delay or disregard; be ignored: a petition that languished on the warden's desk for a year.
5. to pine with desire or longing.
6. to assume an expression of tender, sentimental melancholy.

1. the act or state of languishing.
2. a tender, melancholy look or expression.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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