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 Plus, with UConn’s offense stagnating to the point that the team stopped running its plays, Auriemma let Megan Walker, Crystal Dangerfield and Christyn Williams create their own shots, leading to fewer opportunities for everyone else. Alexa Philippou,, "With UConn women’s ‘core four’ accounting for most of the team’s scoring this season, freshmen Anna Makurat and Aubrey Griffin must contribute more," 11 Nov. 2019 Now a new chapter in oil’s story is unfolding: the prospect of stagnating or falling demand as the world shifts to cleaner energy. The Economist, "The message from the world’s biggest and wildest IPO," 31 Oct. 2019 The offer comes as Tiffany struggles with stagnating sales. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, "Dow jumps up, Tiffany & Co. soars on 'historically the best day of the year for stocks'," 28 Oct. 2019 The offer comes as Tiffany, like other luxury brands, has struggled with stagnating sales as China's slowing economy has weighed on spending by Chinese tourists, who make up a substantial portion of luxury spending. CBS News, "LVMH reportedly wants to buy jeweler Tiffany's for $14.5 billion," 27 Oct. 2019 Lebanon’s economy is stagnating and the country has one of the world’s highest debt to GDP ratios. Time, "Protests in Lebanon Are Entering Their Sixth Day. See How the Extraordinary Revolt Is Unfolding," 22 Oct. 2019 Surveys suggest that many more Russians are growing restive after several years of stagnating incomes and slow economic growth, and disenchanted with their government, but their priorities lie more with bread-and-butter issues. The Christian Science Monitor, "Encircling the interrupters with civility," 23 Aug. 2019 Still, Patrick is betting there’s a narrow window to shake up a Democratic primary that has stagnated in recent months with four persistent front-runners, each of whom has glaring vulnerabilities., "Deval Patrick, Massachusetts’ first black governor, launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president," 14 Nov. 2019 Scientists blamed the heat that enveloped California last year on a shift in the jet stream, which was allowing weather patterns to stagnate, rather than sweeping them along. Rachel Swan,, "Bay Area’s wild week: What we learned from fires, outages and evacuations," 3 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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6 Dec 2019

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“Stagnate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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to constrict the range or activity of

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