To stagnate is to stop growing or to decline in quality. When the economy starts to stagnate, the number of jobs and the amount of money that is being spent are both going down.

  • The company's business began to stagnate after they lost their major client.

  • The artist's career began to stagnate after he lost his major sponsor.

Definition of stagnate


be idle; exist in a changeless situation


idle, laze, slug


cause to stagnate


cease to flow; stand without moving


stand still

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Example Sentences for stagnate

  • 1

    But the cost of this is economic stagnation.

  • 2

    There is economic stagnation in the West.

  • 3

    There is no need for the article to stagnate.

  • 4

    It is the slowing down and stagnation of the project.

  • 5

    Later development of the machine stagnated.

  • 6

    The French economy threatens to stagnate.

  • 7

    At a stagnation point, the velocity of the fluid is zero.

  • 8

    But the point is, that in the end the stagnation temperature change.

  • 9

    Not all the people accepted the ideology of stagnation.

  • 10

    Economic stagnation lasts pretty long.