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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Languish \Lan"guish\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Languished; p. pr. & vb. n. Languishing.] [OE. languishen, languissen, F. languir, L. languere; cf. Gr. ? to slacken, ? slack, Icel. lakra to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to E. slack. See -ish.] 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. [1913 Webster] We . . . do languish of such diseases. --2 Esdras viii. 31. [1913 Webster] Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife, And let me languish into life. --Pope. [1913 Webster] For the fields of Heshbon languish. --Is. xvi. 8. [1913 Webster] 2. To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy. --Tennyson. 3. To be neglected and unattended to; as, the proposal languished on the director's desk for months. [PJC] Syn: To pine; wither; fade; droop; faint. [1913 Webster]