Know Your Next Word : languish

23. languish :

verb :

to become weak, listless, depressed

usage :

  • The formerly eager and vigorous accountant languished in his tedious job at the international conglomerate.

  • The longer Jill remained unemployed, the more she languished and the less likely it became that she would find another job.

  • To languish is to be languid.

  • The child seemed too languid that his father thought he was sick and called the doctor. It turned out that the little boy had simply had an overdose of television.

  • a petition that languished on the warden's desk for a year

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