Definition Of languishes


(of a person or other living thing) lose or lack vitality; grow weak or feeble.

plants may appear to be languishing simply because they are dormant

suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation.

he has been languishing in jail since 1974

Example Of languishes

  • According to official figures, around 250,000 old appliances will be languishing in storage by the end of the year because of an EU directive demanding the safe disposal of the harmful chemicals they contain.

  • After storming out of the academy, it appeared he would be doomed forever to languish in the ranks of domestic cricket and any chance of representing his country was gone.

  • Although the team are languishing near the bottom of the third division, I am still very proud to be a York fan, and the other week when we beat Reading in the Cup I was so happy I had tears in my eyes.

  • An estimated 400 000 people have fled into neighbouring Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast and have been languishing in refugee camps, the sites of frequent unrest.

  • And Boavista, who are languishing 40 points below Porto in 10th spot in the league, have only scored more league goals this season than one side, Sporting Braga.

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