Learner's definition of LINGER
to stay somewhere beyond the usual or expected time
The tourists didn't linger very long.
She lingered at the art exhibit.
He lingered in bed and missed breakfast.
They lingered over coffee after dinner.
to continue to exist as time passes
The heat lingered long after the sun had gone down.
The smell of her perfume lingered.
The idea lingered in their minds.
— often + on
to remain alive while becoming weaker
— usually + on
This latest evidence should remove any lingering doubts/questions about his innocence.
The company is still trying to recover from the lingering effects of the strike.
a long, lingering kiss
a last, lingering look
He suffered a long, lingering [=very slow] death.