Stagnate

Definition of Stagnate

Stag´nate   Pronunciation: stăg´nāt
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Stagnated (-nã*tĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Stagnating.]
2.To cease to be brisk or active; to become dull or inactive; as, commerce stagnates; business stagnates.
Ready-witted tenderness . . . never stagnates in vain lamentations while there is any room for hope.
- Sir W. Scott.
a.1.Stagnant.

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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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