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verb (used without object),stag·nat·ed, stag·nat·ing.
  1. to cease to run or flow, as water, air, etc.

  2. to be or become stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.

  1. to stop developing, growing, progressing, or advancing: My mind is stagnating from too much TV.

  2. to be or become sluggish and dull: When the leading lady left, the show started to stagnate.

verb (used with object),stag·nat·ed, stag·nat·ing.
  1. to make stagnant.

Origin of stagnate

1660–70; <Latin stāgnātus (past participle of stāgnāre), equivalent to stāgn(um) pool of standing water + -ātus-ate1

Other words from stagnate

  • stag·na·tion, noun
  • stag·na·to·ry [stag-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈstæg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
  • un·stag·nat·ing, adjective

Words Nearby stagnate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stagnate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for stagnate


/ (stæɡˈneɪt, ˈstæɡˌneɪt) /

  1. (intr) to be or to become stagnant

Derived forms of stagnate

  • stagnation, noun

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