- To stagnate is to sit still or stop moving.
- 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.
Origin: from 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 Glassical Greek stazein, to drip
- stagnation noun
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intransitive verb stag·nat·ed, stag·nat·ing, stag·nates
Origin: Latin stāgnāre, stāgnāt-, from stāgnum, swamp.
- stag·naˈtion noun