[ stag-neyt ]
/ ˈstæg neɪt /

verb (used without object), stag·nat·ed, stag·nat·ing.

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), stag·nat·ed, stag·nat·ing.

to make stagnant.

Origin of stagnate

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


stag·na·tion, nounstag·na·to·ry [stag-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstæg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·stag·nat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for stagnate

/ (stæɡˈneɪt, ˈstæɡˌneɪt) /


(intr) to be or to become stagnant

Derived forms of stagnate

stagnation, noun
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