Languish vs Yearn - What's the difference?

languish | yearn |


In lang=en terms the difference between languish and yearn

is that languish is to be neglected; to make little progress, be unsuccessful while yearn is to pain; to grieve; to vex.

As verbs the difference between languish and yearn

is that languish is to lose strength and become weak; to be in a state of weakness or sickness while yearn is to long, have a strong desire (for something) or yearn can be (scotland) to curdle, as milk.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

languish

English

Verb

(es)
  • To lose strength and become weak; to be in a state of weakness or sickness.
  • * Bible, 2 Esdras viii. 31
  • We do languish of such diseases.
  • To pine away in longing for something; to have low spirits, especially from lovesickness.
  • He languished without his girlfriend
  • To live in miserable or disheartening conditions.
  • He languished in prison for years
  • To be neglected; to make little progress, be unsuccessful.
  • The case languished for years before coming to trial.
  • (obsolete) To make weak; to weaken, devastate.
  • * 1815 , Jane Austen, Emma
  • He is an excellent young man, and will suit Harriet exactly: it will be an "exactly so," as he says himself; but he does sigh and languish , and study for compliments rather more than I could endure as a principal.
    (Tennyson)

    yearn

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) giernan, from (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To long, have a strong desire (for something).
  • * All I yearn for is a simple life.
  • To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
  • To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.
  • To pain; to grieve; to vex.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It would yearn your heart to see it.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It yearns me not if men my garments wear.
    Derived terms
    () * yearner * yearnful * yearnly * yearning * yearnsome * yearny

    Etymology 2

    See .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (Scotland) To curdle, as milk.
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