Definition of stagnate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    stagnate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] to be or become stagnant The water in the pond was stagnating.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin stagnat- ‘settled as a still pool’, from the verb stagnare, from stagnum ‘pool’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stagnate