- 1[intransitive] to stop developing or making progress Profits have stagnated. I feel 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. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin stagnat-
BrE BrE//stæɡˈneɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæɡneɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stagnate
BrE BrE//stæɡˈneɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæɡneɪt//he / she / it stagnates
BrE BrE//stæɡˈneɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæɡneɪts//past simple stagnated
BrE BrE//stæɡˈneɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæɡneɪtɪd//past participle stagnated
BrE BrE//stæɡˈneɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæɡneɪtɪd//-ing form stagnating
BrE BrE//stæɡˈneɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæɡneɪtɪŋ//