Stagnate Stag"nate (st[a^]g"n[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stagnated} (-n[asl]*t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Stagnating}.] [L. stagnatus, p. p. of stagnare to stagnate, make stagnant, from stagnum a piece of standing water. See {Stank} a pool, and cf. {Stanch}, v. t.] 1. To cease to flow; to be motionless; as, blood stagnates in the veins of an animal; hence, to become impure or foul by want of motion; as, air stagnates in a close room. [1913 Webster]

2. To cease to be brisk or active; to become dull or inactive; as, commerce stagnates; business stagnates. [1913 Webster]

Ready-witted tenderness . . . never stagnates in vain lamentations while there is any room for hope. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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