Definition of stagnate in English:


Syllabification: stag·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈstaɡˌnāt


[no object]
1(Of water or air) cease to flow or move; become stagnant.
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  • Pointed out was the fact that due to the closure of these sluice gates there was no flow of water, resulting in water stagnating in the khazan lands.
  • ‘So every time it rains, water stagnates there, creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying the malaria virus,’ he added.
  • The still waters stagnate as discarded bottles float to the surface.
stop flowing, become stagnant, become trapped;
become foul, become stale;
fester, putrefy
1.1Cease developing; become inactive or dull: teaching can easily stagnate into a set of routines (as adjective stagnating) stagnating consumer confidence
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  • It does not require an Einstein to see that traffic does not flow it stagnates around Chippenham.
  • Relationships have to keep moving forward or they stagnate and die.
  • The exchange rate went up, and the economy stagnated for six years.
languish, decline, deteriorate, fall, become stagnant, do nothing, stand still, tread water, be sluggish


mid 17th century: from Latin stagnat- 'settled as a still pool', from the verb stagnare, from stagnum 'pool'.



Pronunciation: /staɡˈnāSHən/
More example sentences
  • New figures published today reveal that prices have risen sharply for the past three months in a row after almost a year of stagnation.
  • Evidence of my general malaise and cultural stagnation is the fact that it took me six weeks to finish three books.
  • A new drain was constructed for the Crocodile pond due to which there is no water stagnation at the place.

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