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

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In the longer term, oil and gas projects can take more than a decade to develop, analysts say oil companies remain concerned about whether demand will stagnate. Justin Worland, Time, "The Trump Administration Keeps Trying to Sell Federal Land for Oil Drilling. But Nobody Wants It," 12 Jan. 2018 The cost of coal itself has stagnated over the past decade, so there’s very little room to actually make money. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Renewables Outproduced Coal Power in the U.S. for the First Time Ever," 2 May 2019 PMIs elsewhere suggest German and Italian manufacturing is shrinking more than forecast, while Japan is stagnating. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Three Things to Think About if You Fear a Slowdown," 12 Feb. 2019 House-Price Standstill | The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors cited political uncertainty as one of the reasons behind its prediction that U.K. house price growth will stagnate next year., "+1 212 318 2000," 20 Dec. 2017 Debt obligations are crimping household budgets, while stagnating property values make families feel less willing to spend. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "China’s Property Market, Once a Lifeline, Now Carries Economic Risks," 16 Feb. 2019 As hot new restaurants come and go, the industry is still struggling to reverse a years-long trend of stagnating customer visits. Lori Weisberg,, "Fast casual chains — think Panera, Chipotle — show no signs of fading," 4 July 2018 That, combined with stagnating wages and higher gas prices, make shoppers think twice about paying for bigger and more expensive vehicles, according to the report. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Why It's Getting More Expensive to Buy a Used Car," 28 June 2018 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

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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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