lan·guish[lang-gwish] Show IPA
–verb (used without object)
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.
7.the act or state of languishing.
8.a tender, melancholy look or expression.