To stay in one place for a long time is to linger. This word is similar to the word "remain."

  • Let’s try not to linger here in the store much longer.
  • Her headache is still lingering from the day before.
  • She has a lingering headache.
  • Kids lingering on the beach were told to leave once the sun went down.
  • The taste of medicine lingered on my tongue for several minutes.
  • Following the car accident, Joe lingered on life support for a few days before he finally died.
  • The man accused of the crime will have to linger in a jail cell until his appearance in court.

man in jail He’s in jail.

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First published on July 20, 2013