- 1 [intransitive] to stop developing or making progress Profits have stagnated. I feel like I'm stagnating in this job. Businesses must adapt to change or stagnate.
- 2[intransitive] to be or become stagnant The water in the pond was stagnating.
NAmE//ˈstæɡneɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stagnate
he / she / it stagnates
past simple stagnated
-ing form stagnating
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NAmE//stæɡˈneɪʃn//noun [uncountable] a period of economic stagnation