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English verb: languish

1. languish (change) lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

SamplesAfter her husband died, she just pined away.

Synonymspine away, waste

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)weaken

2. languish (emotion) have a desire for something or someone who is not present

SamplesShe ached for a cigarette.
I am pining for my lover.

Synonymsache, pine, yearn, yen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hanker, long, yearn

Narrower (hyponym)die

3. languish (body) become feeble

SamplesThe prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop

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