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[stag-neyt] /ˈstæg neɪt/
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
Related forms
stagnation, noun
[stag-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstæg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
unstagnating, adjective Unabridged
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  • As with all monopolies, they are stagnating and preventing real progress.
  • Water stagnating in the holes will shortly add the peril of epidemic disease.
  • Bush and his cronies have been stagnating the market for six years.
  • She was becoming one of the world's best figure skaters, but she felt she was stagnating.
  • The group suggests that growth in biotechnology innovation is stagnating even as intellectual property claims are growing.
  • But despite this wild profitability its share price has been stagnating.
  • Productivity, which doubled in the first five years, has been stagnating since then at about two-thirds of the western level.
  • As for those lucky enough to have jobs, pay is stagnating.
  • Many of its food brands in the developed world are stagnating.
  • As the nominal growth rate has been stagnating as before, this is not a fresh problem at all.
British Dictionary definitions for stagnating


/stæɡˈneɪt; ˈstæɡˌneɪt/
(intransitive) to be or to become stagnant
Derived Forms
stagnation, noun
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Word Origin and History for stagnating



1660s (implied in stagnation), from Latin stagnatum, stagnatus, past participle of stagnare "to stagnate," from stagnatum "standing water," from PIE root *stag- "to seep drip" (cf. Greek stazein "to ooze, drip;" see stalactite). Related: Stagnated; stagnating.

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