Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To be or become stagnant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Stagnant.
  • To cease to run or flow; be or become motionless; have no current.
  • To cease to be brisk or active; become dull, inactive, or inert: as, business stagnates.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To cease to flow; to be motionless; ; hence, to become impure or foul by want of motion.
  • intransitive verb To cease to be brisk or active; to become dull or inactive.
  • adjective obsolete Stagnant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To cease motion, activity, or progress; to come to rest; to cease to advance or change; to become idle or cease to flow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be idle; exist in a changeless situation
  • verb stand still
  • verb cause to stagnate
  • verb cease to flow; stand without moving

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin stāgnāre, stāgnāt-, from stāgnum, swamp.]

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