- 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.
- to make stagnant.
Origin of stagnate
Related Words for stagnatefester, stall, hibernate, languish, decline, decay, stultify, trammel, idle, stand, putrefy, stifle, rot, rust, vegetate, constipate
Examples from the Web for stagnate
Contemporary Examples of stagnate
In this scenario, productivity will rise, but wages may stagnate or decline.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
Anders Aslund says that “[t]he Russian economy was earlier set to stagnate, but now it is likely to contract.”Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
March 7, 2014
One crude indicator: life expectancy numbers have tended to stagnate in the U.S. in recent years.The Medicare Problem is the Healthcare Problem
April 11, 2012
And just as early birds use fear to motivate, procrastinators use fear to stagnate.7 Tax Personality Types
April 15, 2011
The jury is still out on whether the tide will recede, stagnate or become a flood.How Hillary Won Over India
July 27, 2009
Historical Examples of stagnate
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
This became a nightmare that threatened to stagnate the blood in his veins.The Red Acorn
- (intr) to be or to become stagnant
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.