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 for lingering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lingering \Lin"ger*ing\, a.
     1. Delaying.
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     2. Drawn out in time; remaining long; protracted; as, a
        lingering disease.
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              To die is the fate of man; but to die with lingering
              anguish is generally his folly.       --Rambler.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Linger \Lin"ger\ (l[i^][ng]"g[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Lingered (l[i^][ng]"g[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lingering.]
     [OE. lengen to tarry, AS. lengan to prolong, put off, fr.
     lang long. [root]125. See Long, a.]
     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.
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           Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind. --Gray.
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           Perhaps thou linger'st, in deep thoughts detained.
     Syn: To loiter; lag; saunter; delay; tarry; stop; hesitate.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of tarrying [syn: tarriance, lingering]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  84 Moby Thesaurus words for "lingering":
     Micawberish, backward, booming, continuation, dalliance, dallying,
     dawdling, delaying, dilatoriness, dilatory, dillydallying,
     dolce far niente, dragging, drawn-out, easygoing, echoic, echoing,
     extended, extension, foot-dragging, goofing off, gradual, growling,
     idling, interminable, lackadaisical, lag, laggard, lagging,
     languishing, lasting, lax, lazing, lazy, lengthened, lengthening,
     loafing, loitering, lolling, lollygagging, long, long-continuing,
     long-drawn, long-drawn-out, long-pending, long-winded, lounging,
     marathon, mopery, overlong, persistent, procrastinating,
     procrastination, procrastinative, procrastinatory, prolongation,
     prolonged, protracted, protraction, reboant, rebounding, reechoing,
     remaining, remiss, repercussive, resounding, reverberant,
     reverberating, reverberatory, rumbling, shilly-shallying,
     shuffling, slack, slow, sluggish, sounding, spun-out,
     stretched-out, tarriance, tarrying, thundering, trifling, undamped,

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