verb (used without object), stagnated, stagnating.
to cease to run or flow, as water, air, etc.
to be or become stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.
to stop developing, growing, progressing, or advancing: My mind is stagnating from too much TV.
to be or become sluggish and dull: When the leading lady left, the show started to stagnate.
verb (used with object), stagnated, stagnating.
to make stagnant.

1660–70; < Latin stāgnātus (past participle of stāgnāre), equivalent to stāgn(um) pool of standing water + -ātus -ate1

stagnation, noun
stagnatory [stag-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
unstagnating, adjective Unabridged
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stagnate (stæɡˈneɪt, ˈstæɡˌneɪt)
(intr) to be or to become stagnant

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Word Origin & History

1665 (implied in stagnation), from L. stagnatum, stagnatus, pp. of stagnare "to stagnate," from stagnatum "standing water," from PIE base *stag- "to seep drip" (cf. Gk. stazein "to ooze, drip;" see stalactite).
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Example sentences
It stagnated economically for the next half century.
Food imports rose, hydroelectric power stagnated, trucks shipped emergency
  water supplies.
It has been growing every year for the past two decades while the legal economy
  has kind of stagnated.
Still, as the price of a bachelors degree continues to rise, graduation rates
  have stagnated.
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