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languish in

1. To spend time in some place weakening in spirit or in health. I've been languishing in this hospital bed for so long, I've forgotten what it feels like to be healthy. I say let the criminal languish in prison for the rest of his days.
2. To be forgotten, ignored, or neglected in some place. With the United Nations withdrawing troops from the region, thousands of refugees will be left to languish in their makeshift communities of tents. It is yet another piece of legislation destined to languish in parliament, thanks to this government's stubborn refusal to work together toward any productive actions.
3. To be overcome by some debilitating emotional, physical, or psychological state. I spent about two years languishing in sorrow after my wife passed away. Without proper medical treatment, the poor man was left to languish in psychosis. I can't understand why they want to spend so much money building a new sport arena, when so many important landmarks around the city are languishing in disrepair.
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languish over (someone or something)

To desire or grieve over someone or something so intensely that one becomes depressed or melancholy. You can't just sitting here languishing over your ex-boyfriend. It's over—you need to get out there and live your life! I find it disgusting the way people languish over the latest, most expensive tech gadgets, even though they literally have no need for them!
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languish in

 some place
1. to become dispirited in some place; to weaken and fade away in some place. Claire languished in prison for her crime. I spent over three days languishing in a stuffy hotel room. We languished in the airport waiting room while they refueled the plane.
2. to suffer neglect in a place. The bill languished in the Senate for months on end. The children languished in the squalid conditions until the court intervened.
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languish over someone or something

to pine over someone or something. There is no point in languishing over Tim. He'll never come back. She wasted half her life languishing over her lost opportunities.
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McKenzie, for example, finished his groundbreaking book The Two-Edged Sword (Bruce) in 1953, but it languished unpublished until 1956 thanks to censors who had not yet absorbed the biblical encyclical penned a decade earlier.
Investors will now be looking for a repeat performance at HP, which languished under Fiorina's tenure, crippled largely by a disastrous Compaq acquisition.
Its historic core was extensively destroyed in 1943 by Allied bombing and though in recent years much emphasis has been given to redeveloping its periphery, the centre has languished.
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For years, the photographs have languished out of sight, yet they now arrive to form what contributor Deborah Willis calls "a corrective visual history," for the blind spots on our view of the past, and the holes in the heart and mind where history and memory reside.
For 55 years after Exupery's final disappearance on a reconnaissance flight over southern France in 1945, a scant year after the publication of The Little Prince, Consuelo's manuscript languished in a trunk along with other memorabilia.
But for decades, the world's most populous nation languished economically.
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As the Inquisitional tribunal functioned at an interminable slow pace, Fray Luis languished in the prison of the Holy Office for nearly five years until he was finally forced to retract several of his statements.
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