Synonyms of linger
1 continueDictionary • The guilty feelings lingered.
continue • For ten days I continued in this state.
last • You only need a very small amount, so the tube lasts for ages.
remain • There remains deep mistrust of his government.
stay • Nothing stays the same for long.
carry on • Her bravery has given him the will to carry on.
endure • Somehow the language endures and continues to survive to this day.
persist • Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist.
abide • to make moral judgements on the basis of what is eternal and abides
2 hang onDictionary • He lingered for weeks in a coma.
survive • Rejected by the people, can the organization survive at all?
cling to life
3 stayDictionary • Customers are welcome to linger over coffee until midnight.
stay • Hundreds of people defied army orders to stay at home.
remain • He remained at home with his family.
stop • He insisted we stop at a small restaurant just outside Atlanta.
wait • I waited at the corner for the lights to go green.
delay • If he delayed any longer, the sun would be up.
lag • The boys crept forward, Roger lagging a little.
idle • He idled the time away in dreamy thought.
dally • He did not dally long over his meal.
loiter • unemployed young men loitering at the entrance to the factory.
take your time
wait around • I waited around to speak to the doctor.
dawdle • I dawdled over a beer.
hang in the air
procrastinate • We often procrastinate when faced with something we do not want to do.
tarry • Two old boys tarried on the street corner discussing cattle.
drag your feet or heels
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• to make moral judgements on the basis of what is eternal and abides
continueIf you continue as something or continue in a particular state, you remain in a particular job or state.
• For ten days I continued in this state. • He had hoped to continue as a full-time career officer.
Thesaurus for linger from the Collins English Thesaurus