Definition of stagnate in English:


Pronunciation: /staɡˈneɪt//ˈstaɡneɪt/


  • 1 (of water or air) cease to flow or move; become stagnant.

    • ‘On this side a great pool of water has collected on the ground beyond McPhee's caravan - although she says it is not as bad as the last site they were on at Larkhall, where water would just collect and stagnate in a drain.’
    • ‘The water stagnates and reaches till our waist making it impossible to control the traffic,’ he said.’
    • ‘Until used, the water is stored in four 90,000-litre bladders equipped with a recirculation system that keeps it constantly moving so it doesn't stagnate and foster organic growth.’
    • ‘‘So every time it rains, water stagnates there, creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying the malaria virus,’ he added.’
    • ‘With a view to reducing the heat inside, the water is allowed to stagnate inside the tiger enclosure.’
    • ‘No matter what you do, standing water is likely to stagnate.’
    • ‘Schoeffler and others believe the basin isn't getting nearly enough water and is stagnating.’
    • ‘He said, ‘the retreating monsoon stagnates over South India moving out in a slow process.’’
    • ‘Fishmongers in Accrington's new Market Pavilions say the problem is preventing the waste water from their kiosks from flowing away and allowing it to stagnate.’
    • ‘The condition can also develop if urine stagnates in the bladder as a result of a ‘blind pouch’; a structural abnormality of the bladder that prevents urine from completely draining away.’
    • ‘It has been clearly stated that water collected in pits should not be allowed to stagnate for more than five days and the fear of mosquito breeding is not supported by the parameters prescribed for the maintenance of pits.’
    • ‘The neglect of heritage buildings in Chennai can be seen from the way water gets stagnated in front of these structures or in their premises during rainy days.’
    • ‘As the Lung is attacked, its function to regulate water passage becomes impaired, water begins to stagnate and phlegm starts to form.’
    • ‘Otitis externa usually is caused by water stagnating in the external auditory canal.’
    • ‘Pointed out was the fact that due to the closure of these sluice gates there was no flow of water, resulting in water stagnating in the khazan lands.’
    • ‘But with the creation of new drains, the water no longer stagnates, says Mr. Tyagi.’
    • ‘But, it also made people wonder why the much needed rainwater harvesting structures were not extended to some areas where water simply stagnated.’
    • ‘The still waters stagnate as discarded bottles float to the surface.’
    • ‘The rosette rots if water stagnates, so moderate watering is ideal.’
    • ‘Lack of good drainage system that got pronounced during monsoons when rainwater stagnated at the end of each road causing traffic blocks and mosquito menace also formed a part of their woes.’
    stop flowing, become stagnant, become trapped
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    1. 1.1Cease developing; become inactive or dull.
      ‘teaching can easily stagnate into a set of routines’
      ‘stagnating consumer confidence’
      • ‘Exporters' incomes will be hit by lower returns and higher investment costs, the effect of which will be to slow export expansion and stagnate the economy.’
      • ‘Overall, between 1700 and 1800, proto-industries expanded while crafts stagnated or declined.’
      • ‘They argue that in the Arab empire, and in China, glassmaking arts stagnated and even declined during the period of the European Renaissance.’
      • ‘In fact, over the past few years, participation in camping and hiking - the quintessential outdoor activities - has either stagnated or declined.’
      • ‘Last year growth stagnated and only the most optimistic scenarios still predict growth this year.’
      • ‘Relationships have to keep moving forward or they stagnate and die.’
      • ‘Rather, civic engagement seems to have steadily increased for the first two-thirds of the century, stagnating and declining only in the last third.’
      • ‘The balance-of-payment deficit became a major concern as imports soared and exports stagnated, which further raised the mountain of debt.’
      • ‘It does not require an Einstein to see that traffic does not flow it stagnates around Chippenham.’
      • ‘The economy stagnated in the second quarter as the global slowdown hit exports and manufacturing, even as consumer spending picked up.’
      • ‘A few cities grew rapidly, but many smaller places stagnated or declined.’
      • ‘Average hourly earnings figures for the month of October showed that real wages are falling as job growth stagnates.’
      • ‘All the island states are heavily dependent on tourism and a narrow range of agricultural and mineral exports and are stagnating economically.’
      • ‘Likewise, the cell-phone market is stagnating because manufacturers and carriers restrict which features consumers can add to their proprietary systems.’
      • ‘Trade deficit has risen, exports have almost stagnated and inflation has gone out of control.’
      • ‘But by the second half of 1942 the situation in the Soviet war economy was still critical, particularly because the production of several sorts of steel and iron and of copper declined or stagnated.’
      • ‘The growth of recent years has relied on the public sector and the consumer, while manufacturing has stagnated.’
      • ‘Consumer confidence and spending in the euro zone have stagnated since July.’
      • ‘In the countryside, tens of millions of unhappy farmers are watching their incomes stagnate and are falling farther behind the booming cities.’
      • ‘The exchange rate went up, and the economy stagnated for six years.’
      become stagnant, do nothing, stand still, be sluggish, lie dormant, be inert, languish, decline, deteriorate, fall
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Mid 17th century: from Latin stagnat- settled as a still pool, from the verb stagnare, from stagnum pool.