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lingermore about linger


  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Linger  \Lin"ger\  (l[i^][ng]"g[~e]r),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Lingered}  (-g[~e]rd);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Lingering}.]  [OE. 
  lengen  to  tarry,  AS  lengan  to  prolong,  put  off  fr  lang 
  long.  [root]125.  See  {Long},  a.] 
  To  delay;  to  loiter;  to  remain  or  wait  long;  to  be  slow  or 
  reluctant  in  parting  or  moving  to  be  slow  in  deciding;  to  be 
  in  suspense;  to  hesitate. 
  Nor  cast  one  longing,  lingering  look  behind.  --Gray. 
  Perhaps  thou  linger'st,  in  deep  thoughts  detained. 
  Syn:  To  loiter;  lag;  saunter;  delay;  tarry;  stop;  hesitate. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Linger  \Lin"ger\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  protract;  to  draw  out  [Obs.] 
  She  lingers  my  desires.  --Shak. 
  2.  To  spend  or  pass  in  a  lingering  manner;  --  with  out  as 
  to  linger  out  one's  days  on  a  sick  bed.  --Dryden. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  remain  present  although  waning  or  gradually  dying;  "Her 
  perfume  lingered  on" 
  2:  be  about  "The  high  school  students  like  to  loiter  in  the 
  Central  Square";  "Who  is  this  man  that  is  hanging  around 
  the  department?"  [syn:  {loiter},  {lounge},  {footle},  {lollygag}, 
  {loaf},  {lallygag},  {hang  around},  {mess  about},  {tarry}, 
  {lurk},  {mill  about},  {mill  around}] 
  3:  leave  slowly  and  hesitantly  [syn:  {tarry},  {dally}] 
  4:  take  one's  time;  proceed  slowly  [syn:  {dawdle}]  [ant:  {rush}] 
  5:  move  to  and  fro;  "The  shy  student  lingered  in  the  corner" 
  [syn:  {hover}] 

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