stagnate Definition

  • 1to stop developing or making progress
  • 2to become inactive or motionless

Using stagnate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stagnate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The economy has stagnated for the past two years.

  • Example

    Without new ideas, the company will stagnate and eventually fail.

  • Example

    The water in the pond had stagnated and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

  • Example

    The team's performance has stagnated since their last victory.

stagnate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for stagnate

Idioms Using stagnate

  • to remain inactive and vulnerable to attack or criticism


    If we don't come up with a new strategy, we'll stagnate like a sitting duck and lose our competitive edge.

  • stagnate in the doldrums

    to remain inactive and unproductive, often due to lack of inspiration or motivation


    After his divorce, he stagnated in the doldrums for months before finally seeking therapy.

  • to remain inactive and complacent, often due to fear of change or failure


    If you want to grow as a person, you can't stagnate in your comfort zone.

Phrases with stagnate

  • water that is not flowing or moving


    Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

  • air that is not moving or circulating


    Stagnant air can cause health problems, especially for people with respiratory issues.

  • an economy that is not growing or developing


    The country's stagnant economy has led to high unemployment rates.

Origins of stagnate

from Latin 'stagnatum', meaning 'standing water'


Summary: stagnate in Brief

'Stagnate' [ˈstæɡ.neɪt] means to stop developing or making progress, or to become inactive or motionless. It can refer to economies, companies, teams, or even water and air. Phrases like 'stagnant water' and 'stagnant air' describe still, unmoving substances, while idioms like 'stagnate like a sitting duck' and 'stagnate in one's comfort zone' depict people or situations that are inactive and vulnerable or complacent.