stag·​nate | \ˈstag-ˌnāt \
stagnated; stagnating

Definition of stagnate 

intransitive verb

: to become or remain stagnant

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stagnation \stag-​ˈnā-​shən \ noun

Examples of stagnate in a Sentence

a puddle of stagnating water

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In the 40 years since Molotch named the growth machine, wages have stagnated, personal debt has exploded, and the sense that our redistributive policies are largely unfair has crept into our discourse. Alex Baca, Vox, "I work in urban planning. Now Amazon’s coming to my city.," 20 Nov. 2018 As the iPhone has stagnated in terms of new features, Apple has increased the average cost of its flagship device by more than $350, from $749 to $999. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The Apple Watch stole the show from this year’s new iPhones," 15 Sep. 2018 Perfect timing too—five months on from release, Vermintide II is just hitting that point where multiplayer games start to stagnate. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Forza 7 removes loot boxes, Forsaken remastered, and Nintendo sues ROM sites," 27 July 2018 The lack of mid-skilled jobs means there are fewer opportunities for workers starting at the bottom to move up, which causes wages and economic mobility to stagnate. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 Trust in law enforcement has hit historic lows in recent years, causing clearance rates for major crimes to stagnate. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 If there's a pitfall in the way education is structured it is that sometimes you can be allowed to stagnate. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Teacher Returns From D.C. Trip With New Sense Of Responsibility," 17 May 2018 Italy has stagnated for years and its economy, the third-largest in the eurozone, has lagged its main European partners. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Italy faces higher borrowing costs, sanctions on budget," 14 Nov. 2018 For female high-school dropouts aged 25 and over, participation has risen to 33.8% from 32.1% three years ago, even as participation for college grads stagnated. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Strong Economy Draws Women into U.S. Labor Force," 20 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of stagnate

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stagnate

Latin stagnatus, past participle of stagnare, from stagnum body of standing water

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English Language Learners Definition of stagnate

: to stop developing, progressing, moving, etc. : to be or become stagnant


stag·​nate | \ˈstag-ˌnāt \
stagnated; stagnating

Kids Definition of stagnate

: to be or become inactive or still Business has stagnated.

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