- 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 of stagnate; 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 Classical Greek stazein, to drip
intransitive verbstag·nat·ed, stag·nat·ing, stag·nates
Origin of stagnateLatin stagnare, stagnat-, from stagnum, swamp.
(third-person singular simple present stagnates, present participle stagnating, simple past and past participle stagnated)