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Definition of stagnate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stagnate
    he / she / it stagnates
    past simple stagnated
    -ing form stagnating
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] to be or become stagnant The water in the pond was stagnating.
noun [uncountable] a period of economic stagnation
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