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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Languishing  \Lan"guish*ing\,  a. 
  1.  Becoming  languid  and  weak;  pining;  losing  health  and 
  2.  Amorously  pensive;  as  languishing  eyes,  or  look 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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  wither  or  fade. 
  We  .  .  .  do  languish  of  such  diseases.  --2  Esdras 
  viii.  31. 
  Cease,  fond  nature,  cease  thy  strife,  And  let  me 
  landguish  into  life.  --Pope. 
  For  the  fields  of  Heshbon  languish.  --Is.  xvi.  8. 
  2.  To  assume  an  expression  of  weariness  or  tender  grief, 
  appealing  for  sympathy.  --Tennyson. 
  Syn:  To  pine;  wither;  fade;  droop;  faint. 

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