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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 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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Ensuring release of poor prisoners who were languishing in jails due to non payment of fine is in conformity with injunctions of Islam.
The special assistant to PM said that the prisoners were languishing in jails despite completion of their sentence due to non-payment of fines.
In a tweet, she wrote that 'PM IK [was] committed to getting our prisoners, languishing in foreign jails released'.
ISLAMABAD -- Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari taking strong note of plight of expatriate Pakistanis languishing in foreign jails, reiterated the government's firm commitment for their release on priority.
Altaf Shakoor said Dr Aafia has been languishing in solitary confinement for last 15 years.
PESHAWAR -- The family members of Pakistanis languishing in Chinese prisons have urged the government to take steps for the early release of the detainees.
THE PARKASH Singh Badal- led Punjab government came under attack from the Opposition on Sunday for demanding premature release of convicted terrorists and ignoring the cause of 96 Sikh prisoners who are languishing in jails despite having completed their sentence.
Nonetheless, as per media 222 Pakistani fishermen are still languishing in Indian jails including 161 those who are languishing in jails for the last 19 years there.
Allawi said in a statement today : " The coalition told the national and international figures who contacted him that he refuses to attend the conference as long as the rights of the Iraqis are not respected by the government, and a lot of innocent people languishing in prison without charges,as well as citizens subjected to insults daily on the streets, and respectable families to kill and displacement in Basra, Kut, Nasiriyah and Baghdad;s belt areas , as well as Christians, Shabak, moreover the non-implementation of the legitimate demands expressed by citizens in peaceful demonstrations and sit-ins./End
ISTG spokeswoman Claudia Saba said: "While 14 Irish citizens were languishing in prison in Israel for the crime of coming to their aid, the population of Gaza continues to languish in what is, in effect, the world's largest open air prison."
has ordered the release of 61 Pakistani prisoners languishing in different
Long after the mechanized wheels on that Zhu Zhu Pets robotic hamster have stopped spinning and the fake hamster is languishing in landfill heaven, the humble ball will still be up for another game of catch.
Through the late '80's and mid-90's, the plan failed and the buildings remained empty - languishing in bankruptcies and work-out attempts.
Farmer Tony Martin, 54, is this weekend languishing in a prison cell charged with murder.
RAWALPINDI -- As many as 996 foreigners, including 527 Indians, one Saudi and two Chinese nationals, have been languishing in various jails across the country.