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linger
American English: /ˈlɪŋɡər/
British English: /ˈlɪŋɡə/

Translation of linger in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (delay leaving)
    quedarse or entretenerse (un rato)
    he lingered in the corridor
    se quedó or se entretuvo un rato en el pasillo
    Example sentences
    • It's best if you can stay and linger in this World Heritage Area.
    • We never have a scene linger beyond what is necessary to get the point across.
    • As one magical day follows another, the sun seems to linger longer over the yard arm.
  • 2

    linger (on)

    (remain)
    (aftertaste/smell)
    persistir
    (tradition)
    perdurar
    sobrevivir
    his memory lingers on
    aún se lo recuerda
    su recuerdo sigue vivo
    she lingered (on) in a coma for months
    su coma se prolongó durante varios meses
    Example sentences
    • Many bad habits will linger on and many good ones may disappear but at least the pattern will change a bit.
    • The odour does linger on the breath; it even comes through the pores of the skin but, if we all ate garlic, it wouldn't matter.
    • We see these types of trials linger on for years as a method to win the case.
  • 3
    also: lingering present participle
    (doubts/memory)
    persistente
    que no desaparece
    (embrace/look)
    prolongado
    (illness)
    largo
    prolongado
    Example sentences
    • Saturday morning is spent lingering over a massive three course breakfast (those tropical fruits make a fine salad, with just a dash of Cointreau to top up our levels).
    • Perhaps you know the pub which does the most incredible Sunday lunches and whose staff won't mind if you spend all afternoon lingering over a roast and the papers.
    • The evenings were spent lingering over fine wines and cognacs while gymnastic students modelled the latest in Brazilian swimwear.
  • 4 (take one's time)to linger on/over somethingto linger on a subject
    detenerse largo rato en un tema
    extenderse largamente sobre un tema
    he lingered on the phrase
    pronunció la frase muy lentamente
    her eyes lingered on the child
    no apartaba la vista del niño
    se quedó largo rato mirando al niño
    they lingered over their coffee
    se entretuvieron tomando el café
    (after meal) alargaron la sobremesa

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