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.
- 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
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How to use stagnate in a sentence
Overtime has expressed interest in this age group of athletes in the past, however the strict rules on how the publisher could work with this cohort of players aged 16 to 22 stagnated that interest.‘Talent-first company’: How Overtime is positioning itself as a content partner for college athletes’ NIL deals | Kayleigh Barber | August 10, 2021 | Digiday
Not only have the economic benefits stagnated, but adding additional lanes to ease traffic congestion around cities doesn’t actually ease congestion, since it encourages even more people to drive.
Especially because the cost of housing and education and healthcare haven’t stagnated at all.She’s From the Government, and She’s Here to Help (Ep. 466) | Stephen J. Dubner | June 17, 2021 | Freakonomics
As wages stagnated and the cost of living soared, the promise of the free market was starting to look suspicious.
So, if your campaigns are stagnating or you’re just looking to increase efficiency, dig into the data to assess who you’re targeting and start experimenting.More Google Ads changes and SERP fluctuations; Thursday’s daily brief | Carolyn Lyden | February 25, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Harping about a Republican war on women while wages stagnate and growth sputters is trivial and desperate.
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 | Joel Kotkin | August 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This means that their gene pools stagnate and accumulate increasingly harmful mutations.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees | Carrie Arnold | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, the economy remains sclerotic, work force participation is abysmal, and wages stagnate.GOP’s Biggest 2016 Problem: Clinton’s Numbers Among White Voters | Lloyd Green | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Anders Aslund says that “[t]he Russian economy was earlier set to stagnate, but now it is likely to contract.”
There is such a thing as slack tide in the affairs of men, when a crisis seems as if it would never come, and all things stagnate.Magnum Bonum | Charlotte M. Yonge
Without war the world would stagnate and lose itself in materialism.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
At any rate, if such a reader cannot feel excitement here, he would utterly stagnate in any previous novel.The English Novel | George Saintsbury
The course of nature seemed to stagnate, and the constellations to pause in their career, as if in mockery of my feelings.Tales from "Blackwood" | Various
They must not be allowed to stagnate, nor to think that because they live in an atmosphere of books they are exempt from reading.
British Dictionary definitions for stagnate
(intr) to be or to become stagnant
- stagnation, noun
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