stag·​nate | \ ˈstag-ˌnāt How to pronounce stagnate (audio) \
stagnated; stagnating

Definition of stagnate

intransitive verb

: to become or remain stagnant

Examples of stagnate in a Sentence

a puddle of stagnating water
Recent Examples on the Web That blissfully exciting, carefree customer growth rate begins to stagnate. Mike Bugembe, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Research shows that people who stay in their comfort zone at work stagnate and get bored. Lisa D. Foster, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Alabama, which has yet to score a run past the fourth inning in the tournament, continued to see its bats stagnate in the sixth. Mike Rodak |, al, 27 May 2022 Manure fertilizer imports are increasing while potassic fertilizer imports stagnate or decrease, particularly in France and the Netherlands. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 11 May 2022 The bank also forecast that Russia’s economy would shrink by 10 percent this year and stagnate next year, with a bleak outlook unless a peace agreement leads to the relaxing of Western sanctions. New York Times, 10 May 2022 Yet none of these factors will stagnate long-term global growth. Shirley Yu, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 With a full return to in-person work, such advancements would stagnate. Bob Venero, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 There are also folks of all ages that don’t want to stagnate. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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“Stagnate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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stag·​nate | \ ˈstag-ˌnāt How to pronounce stagnate (audio) \
stagnated; stagnating

Kids Definition of stagnate

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

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