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[stag-neyt] /ˈstæg neɪt/
verb (used without object), stagnated, stagnating.
to cease to run or flow, as water, air, etc.
to be or become stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.
to stop developing, growing, progressing, or advancing:
My mind is stagnating from too much TV.
to be or become sluggish and dull:
When the leading lady left, the show started to stagnate.
verb (used with object), stagnated, stagnating.
to make stagnant.
Origin of stagnate
1660-70; < Latin stāgnātus (past participle of stāgnāre), equivalent to stāgn(um) pool of standing water + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
stagnation, noun
[stag-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstæg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
unstagnating, adjective Unabridged
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  • You and your wife Joanna may stagnate here till you blue-mold, for me.

    The Midnight Queen May Agnes Fleming
  • Let them squeal, let them stagnate, let dust settle on their wares that no man came to buy.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • Oh, we'd had star-travel for centuries, we were beginning to stagnate.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The villages, drained of their best blood, stagnate and decay.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • This became a nightmare that threatened to stagnate the blood in his veins.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
British Dictionary definitions for stagnate


/stæɡˈneɪt; ˈstæɡˌneɪt/
(intransitive) to be or to become stagnant
Derived Forms
stagnation, noun
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Word Origin and History for stagnate

1660s (implied in stagnation), from Latin stagnatum, stagnatus, past participle of stagnare "to stagnate," from stagnatum "standing water," from PIE root *stag- "to seep drip" (cf. Greek stazein "to ooze, drip;" see stalactite). Related: Stagnated; stagnating.

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