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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin stāgnātus, past participle of stāgnō (cover the land as a lake, stagnate), from stāgnum (pond, swamp).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈstæɡneɪt/
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stagnate (third-person singular simple present stagnates, present participle stagnating, simple past and past participle stagnated)

  1. To cease motion, activity, or progress:
    1. (of water, air, etc) To cease to flow or run.
      If the water stagnates, algae will grow.
    2. (of water, air, etc) To be or become foul from standing.
      Air stagnates in a closed room.
    3. To cease to develop, advance, or change; to become idle.
      • 1826, Walter Scott, Woodstock:
        Ready-witted tenderness [] never stagnates in vain lamentations while there is any room for hope.
      • 2003, Ernest Verity, Get Wisdom, →ISBN, page 434:
        Listening to what others say, especially to what they teach, prevents our minds stagnating, thus promoting mental growth into old age.

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  1. inflection of stagnare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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stagnate f pl

  1. feminine plural of stagnato

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