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Linger, 1) tr. to protract, to draw out, not to bring to a speedy end; abs.: “a --ing dram,” Wint. I, 2, 320 (killing slowly). “smarting in --ing pickle,” Ant. II, 5, 66. “--ing poisons,” Cymb. I, 5, 34. With an accus.: “she --s my desires,” Mids. I, 1, 4. “who gently would dissolve the bands of life, which false hope --s,” R2 II, 2, 72. “unless his abode be --ed here,” Oth IV, 2, 231. With on: “l. your patience on,” H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. “l. not our sure destructions on,” Troil. V, 10, 9. With out: “to l. out a purposed overthrow,” Sonn. 90, 8. “borrowing only --s and --s it out,” H4B I, 2, 265.
2) intr. a) to tarry, to stay, to hesitate: “who with a --ing stay his course doth let,” Lucr. 328. “if thou l. in my territories,” Gent. III, 1, 163. “say that I --ed with you at your shop,” Err. III, 1, 3. Merch. II, 9, 74. H6B IV, 4, 54. H6C I, 1, 263. I, 2, 32. III, 1, 26.
b) to remain inactive in expectation of something, to wait: “we have --ed about a match between Anne Page and my cousin Slender,” Wiv. III, 2, 58. “and in advantage --ing, looks for rescue,” H6A IV, 4, 19.
c) to remain long in a state of languor and pain, to languish, or to be painfully protracted: “--ing perdition,” Tp. III, 3, 77. “--ing sufferance,” Meas. II, 4, 167. “--ing penance,” Merch. IV, 1, 271. “feed contention in a --ing act,” H4B I, 1, 156. “--ing wars,” H6A I, 1, 74. “--ing death,” H6B III, 2, 247. “pent to l.” Cor. III, 3, 89. “--ing languishment,” Tit. II, 1, 110. “l. in thy pain,” Oth. V, 2, 88. “--ing by inches,” Cymb. V, 5, 51.
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