Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb languish

3 senses of languish

Sense 1
pine away, waste, languish -- (lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away")
       => weaken -- (become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days")

Sense 2
ache, yearn, yen, pine, languish -- (have a desire for something or someone who is not present; "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover")
       => hanker, long, yearn -- (desire strongly or persistently)

Sense 3
languish, fade -- (become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon")
       => devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerate -- (grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match")

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