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To lapse into a period of intense depression or melancholy due to one's longing for or grief over someone or something. I stayed back in Seattle pining away, while she was over in Europe having the time of her life. My grandfather pined away for nearly a year after my grandmother died, until eventually his heart gave out and he passed away as well.
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pine away (after someone or something)
to waste away in melancholy and longing for someone or something. A year later, he was still pining away after Claire. Still, he is pining away.
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To wither or waste away from longing or grief: After its owner was killed, the old dog pined away and died.
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