Pronunciation: (ling'gur),[key] —v.i. 1. to remain or stay on in a place longer than is usual or expected, as if from reluctance to leave: We lingered awhile after the party. 2. to remain alive; continue or persist, although gradually dying, ceasing, disappearing, etc.: She lingered a few months after the heart attack. Such practices still linger among the older natives. 3. to dwell in contemplation, thought, or enjoyment: to linger over the beauty of a painting. 4. to be tardy in action; delay; dawdle: to linger in discharging one's duties. 5. to walk slowly; saunter along.
—v.t. 1. to pass (time, life, etc.) in a leisurely or a tedious manner (usually fol. by away or out): We lingered away the whole summer at the beach. 2. Archaic.to draw out or protract.