languish

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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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However, he didn't pursue the line of inquiry, which languished until Florey and Chain and their team at Oxford University took it up 12 years later and developed penicillin as an antibiotic They won a Nobel prize in 1945 for their effort, but today it is Fleming whose name is usually associated with the penicillin discovery, while Florey and Chain have taken a historical back seat.
Burns endured a woeful morning and languished in 11th before slightly improved displays on stages nine and 10 moved him to ninth and within one place of the points for Peugeot.
"Everyone questioned our logic and senses for taking on a project in an unproven market that had become a white elephant and languished for much of the late '80's to mid-90's," said Adam Foster, Insignia/ESG's Managing Director.
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Increasing archaeological evidence now suggests that Maya settlements in the west-central Yucatan Peninsula languished for much of that Maya "golden era" but then flourished as centers to the south fell on hard times.
Prior to DiNoto's strategic marketing procedures, the property languished on the market for almost a year.