Definition of stagnate in English:

stagnate

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Pronunciation: /stagˈneɪt
 
, ˈstagneɪt
 
/

verb

[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.
    Synonyms
    stop flowing, become stagnant, become trapped; stand; 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.
    Synonyms
    become stagnant, do nothing, stand still, be sluggish, lie dormant, be inert, languish, decline, deteriorate, fall

Derivatives

stagnation

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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