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

Definition of stagnate

intransitive verb

: to become or remain stagnant

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stagnation \ stag-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce stagnation (audio) \ noun

Examples of stagnate in a Sentence

a puddle of stagnating water

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Over the last couple of years, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company’s services business is its future, as iPhone sales stagnate. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple sent iPhone owners unwanted push notifications to promote Carpool Karaoke," 18 Dec. 2018 The services business has blossomed at an important time for the company, providing growth when iPhone unit sales have stagnated. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "iPhone Prices Position Apple for Another Record Quarter," 1 Nov. 2018 The theory goes that companies have bid up wages for workers who are best able to adopt new technologies, while demand for other workers has stagnated. Susan Dynarski, New York Times, "Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality," 6 July 2018 Instead Varun Sivaram of the Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank, issues a timely warning that solar power could stagnate as abruptly as nuclear did as a share of global energy in the 1990s, with dire consequences for the planet. The Economist, "The future of solar energy," 28 Mar. 2018 Tension has increased between MLB and players since the free agent market stagnated during the offseason, inspiring players to think that teams are colluding to gain leverage in contract negotiations. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros pitchers, manager A.J. Hinch continue complaints about MLB rule changes," 20 Feb. 2018 That followed the worst year in the company’s history, during which sales stagnated., "Reckitt Benckiser Sees Pricing Squeeze After Worst Year Ever," 19 Feb. 2018 Germany’s economy, meanwhile, stagnated in 2018’s final three months, and that contributed to the broader eurozone’s 0.2% growth rate in the fourth quarter, data showed Thursday. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "Nasdaq Exits Bear Market as Stocks Rally," 15 Feb. 2019 Her departure thins the ranks of female CEOs running S&P 500 companies and comes at a time when Pepsi’s North American beverage unit is stagnating amid a general decline in soda consumption. Craig Giammona, The Seattle Times, "Pepsi’s first female CEO to end 12-year run, replaced by insider," 6 Aug. 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 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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