Definition for PINE

PINE, v.i. [Sax. pinan, to pain or torture, and to pine or languish. This verb in the sense of pain, is found in the other Teutonic dialects, but not in the sense of languishing. The latter sense is found in the Gr. πειναω, πενω. See Ar. فَنَّfanna, Class Bn, No. 22, and فَنِي, No. 25, and أفَنَ, No. 29.]

  1. To languish; to lose flesh or wear away under any distress or anxiety of mind; to grow lean; followed sometimes by away. Ye shall not mourn nor weep, but ye shall pine away for your iniquities. – Ezek. xxiv.
  2. To languish with desire; to waste away with longing for something; usually followed by for. Unknowing that she pin'd for your return. – Dryden.

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