Definition of languish :
1. See Languishiment.
2. To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy.
3. To become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation; to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away; to wither or fade.
4. To cause to droop or pine.
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- You will not die of fatigue, it is true; many a workman in the towns would laugh at the lightness of your duties; but you languish from poverty. - "The Shadow of the Cathedral", Vicente Blasco Ibañez.
- The white will tell you how I languish, And the red express my anguish: The white my innocence displaying The red my martyrdom betraying. - "A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature", George Saintsbury.
- If he gain the victory, he generally has only to begin again and fight anew, till the war is over; if he be beaten, he may probably lose his life upon the spot, or be taken prisoner by the enemy, in which case he may languish several months in a dreary prison, in want of all the necessaries of life. - "The History of Sandford and Merton", Thomas Day.