languish-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: exist in conditions (of neglect) that depress vitality

NOTE: May be used figuratively. Syntax Is: NP1 LANGUISH (PP)

After graduating, she languished awhile in Red Cloud until she was offered a position editing Home Monthly in Pittsburgh.
The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon.
The bill languished in committee for months.
The preserved heads of three Maori warriors have languished in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for decades.
Arabs for centuries languished under Ottoman rule.
Experts acknowledge the product languished under the ownership of Network Associates.

VerbNet: exist-47.1
FrameNet: Thriving
PropBank: languish.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 2: be or become feeble; lose health

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[experiencer[animate]] LANGUISH

With the change of climate and alteration in living, she languished 'till the beginning of June and died.
She languished in jail during her pregnancy and due to malnutrition gave birth to a weak child.
The plant languished. First the aireal roots wilted, then the leaves died one by one.

VerbNet: exist-47.1
FrameNet: Thriving
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: crave or pine for something (obsolete)

The poor nuns, who . . . were languishing for some amusement. --De Quincey

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: languish.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2