follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

stagnate

[stag-neyt] /ˈstæg neɪt/
verb (used without object), stagnated, stagnating.
1.
to cease to run or flow, as water, air, etc.
2.
to be or become stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.
3.
to stop developing, growing, progressing, or advancing:
My mind is stagnating from too much TV.
4.
to be or become sluggish and dull:
When the leading lady left, the show started to stagnate.
verb (used with object), stagnated, stagnating.
5.
to make stagnant.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin stāgnātus (past participle of stāgnāre), equivalent to stāgn(um) pool of standing water + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
stagnation, noun
stagnatory
[stag-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstæg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unstagnating, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un stagnating

stagnate

/stæɡˈneɪt; ˈstæɡˌneɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to be or to become stagnant
Derived Forms
stagnation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un stagnating
stagnate
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for stagnate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends