- An example of stagnate is for water to not move in a pond.
- An example of stagnate is for someone's career to stop moving forward.
To stagnate is to sit still or stop moving.
intransitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
to be or become stagnant
Origin of stagnatefrom Classical Latin stagnatus, past participle of stagnare, to stagnate from stagnum, pool, swamp, standing water from Indo-European base an unverified form stag-, to trickle, seep from source Classical Greek stazein, to drip
to make stagnant
intransitive verbstag·nat·ed, stag·nat·ing, stag·nates
To be or become stagnant.
Origin of stagnateLatin stāgnāre stāgnāt- from stāgnum swamp
(third-person singular simple present stagnates, present participle stagnating, simple past and past participle stagnated)