Stagnate meaning

stăgnāt
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.

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To be or become stagnant.
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To be or become stagnant.
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To make stagnant.
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To be or become stagnant.
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To cease motion, activity, or progress; to come to rest; to cease to advance or change; to become idle or cease to flow.

If the water stagnates, algae will grow.

Air stagnates in a closed room.

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Origin of stagnate

  • Latin stāgnāre stāgnāt- from stāgnum swamp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition