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Definition of Linger


  1. To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate.
  2. To protract; to draw out.
  3. To spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed.

Linger Quotations

Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.
George Whitefield

Your sweetheart calls you by another's name. His eyes linger too long on your best friend. He talks with excitement about a girl at work. And the fire catches. Jealousy - that sickening combination of possessiveness, suspicion, rage, and humiliation - can overtake your mind and threaten your very core as you contemplate your rival.
Helen Fisher

Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?
Clara Schumann

So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it's gratifying to have something you have done linger in people's memories.
John Williams

Kind words not only lift our spirits in the moment they are given, but they can linger with us over the years.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
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Linger Translations

linger in French is se prolonger
linger in German is sich hinziehen, verweilen
linger in Latin is commoror, demoror
linger in Spanish is demorarse
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