AskDefine | Define stagnate

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1 stand still; "Industry will stagnate if we do not stimulate our economy"
2 cause to stagnate; "There are marshes that stagnate the waters"
3 cease to flow; stand without moving; "Stagnating waters"; "blood stagnates in the capillaries"
4 be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning" [syn: idle, laze, slug] [ant: work]

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  1. To cease motion, activity, or progress; to come to rest; to cease to advance or change; to become idle or cease to flow.
    If the water stagnates, algae will grow.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

be a sideliner, be still, coast, constipate, decay, decline, decompose, degenerate, delay, deteriorate, do nothing, drift, fust, go to pot, go to seed, hang fire, hibernate, idle, just be, languish, lie dormant, merely exist, moulder, not budge, not stir, pass the time, rest, rot, rust, sit back, sit it out, sleep, slumber, smolder, spoil, stifle, trammel, vegetate, wait and see, watch and wait
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