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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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He said the people of other countries detained in China had been repatriated but the Pakistani government hadn't taken any step for the return of Pakistanis languishing in Chinese jails.
This infusion of funds will be for all such projects that have been languishing as on November 1, 2014.
BEIRUT: The National Association for Combating Discrimination Against Women urged lawmakers Thursday to pass a draft law criminalizing domestic violence that has been languishing in Parliament for nearly three years.
The party expressed in a statement his belief that the death of Sheikh Mullah Ali is a blatant stain on the government that bear today responsibility for the fate of thousands of people languishing years behind bars without investigation or any legal procedures , stressing that the death of Sheikh Mulla Ali inside the prison disclose once more a flagrant evidence of the loss of human rights , dignity , freedom in Iraq , whatever allege some falsely, / according to the statement /.
She said the German government took only three months to repatriate its citizens from Bagram and yet Pakistanis had been languishing there for several years.
Besides, 200 more Pakistani prisoners hailing from different parts of Punjab and Sindh provinces were languishing in Saudi prisons.
Adults who were languishing were less productive in their work and were found to be equally as functional as those who experienced mental illness.
A languishing piano can deteriorate over time if it's not regularly tuned.
If life is ordinary, / so is death," our sister (soon my sister) told me // between books, then offered her solution / for my pitiful, languishing garden--/ its tomatoes oozing a thin, black blood, / its shrunken peppers, with their stunted heads: // Miracle Gro and water, but not from the tap.
Portman said that while he knew of retired priests who have donated their books to their old seminaries, many more materials have either ended up in landfills or are languishing in church basements.
While legislation to provide immigration rights to same--sex couples in the United States has been languishing in Congress for years, conditions may soon ease in Britain if a proposed civil partnership bill--currently before parliament--passes into law as expected next year.
It also signposts a major urban redevelopment of the languishing Batignolles neighbourhood, using the Olympics as a catalyst.
Chromophobia I-IV," 2000, for example, a series of photographs of a roughed-up toy panda in a garish clown costume languishing on a sidewalk, was made the same year as the artist's justly celebrated book, whose title it borrows.
soldiers including many who served in the Iraq war are languishing in hot cement barracks here while they wait--sometimes for months--to see doctors," reported a UPI dispatch from Fort Stewart, Georgia, on October 17.
More and more public companies appear to be weighing the issue of returning to private status, in part to avoid the withering scrutiny associated with quarterly earnings forecasts or being in languishing industry sectors.