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 Fire storms also tend to stagnate, staying parked over the fires that create them. National Geographic, "Intense ‘firestorms’ forming from Australia’s deadly wildfires," 6 Jan. 2020 Continental AG, the supplier that’s cutting 20,000 jobs, expects production to stagnate over the next five years. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Germany’s Car Jobs Boom Comes to a Screeching Halt," 2 Dec. 2019 His defense continued to fade in the fourth quarter as the Spartans’ offense continued to stagnate. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football stock watch: Coaching, offense, defense in disarray," 18 Nov. 2019 In Canada, provinces have set their own rules, which range from not testing at all, to requiring a sample to stagnate before testing. Martha Mendoza, USA TODAY, "Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint, investigation finds," 5 Nov. 2019 During those 100 million years, the oceanic slab attached to India seems to have stagnated and then penetrated the mantle’s 660-kilometer layer several times before the Indian continent finally collided with Asia. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, "Plate tectonics runs deeper than we thought," 3 Oct. 2019 In the past couple of years, the trade deficit with China has risen, whilst job growth in manufacturing and agriculture, two sectors particularly sensitive to trade, have stagnated. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Future of Working-Class Conservatism in the U.K. and the U.S.," 18 Dec. 2019 Across the country, wages have stagnated for decades, failing to keep up with the cost of living. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.," 3 Dec. 2019 And, just like men’s earnings, our salaries have pretty much stagnated since the early 2000s, including for women earning more than $120,000 a year., "Diana Levine for The Boston Globe," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of stagnate was in 1661

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18 Jan 2020

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“Stagnate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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 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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