stagnate stag‧nate [stægˈneɪt ǁ ˈstægneɪt] verb [intransitive] ECONOMICS
if an economy or industry stagnates, it does not grow, or it grows only very slowly:

• The construction industry is stagnating and there has been a steep fall in new orders.

• a stagnating economy

— stagnation noun [uncountable] :

• In Japan in the 1990s, a financial collapse led to economic stagnation.

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stagnate UK US /stægˈneɪt/ US  /ˈstægneɪt/ verb [I] ECONOMICS
to stop growing or developing and not show any signs of activity: »

The housing market stagnated as rising interest rates squeezed many buyers out of the market.


While the volume of traffic soared during the past two decades, transportation funding stagnated.

stagnating adjective

Michigan is struggling with high unemployment and a stagnating economy.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Stagnate — Stag nate ( n[asl]t), a. Stagnant. [Obs.] A stagnate mass of vapors. Young. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stagnate — (v.) 1660s (implied in stagnation), from L. stagnatum, stagnatus, pp. of stagnare to stagnate, from stagnatum standing water, from PIE root *stag to seep drip (Cf. Gk. stazein to ooze, drip; see STALACTITE (Cf. stalactite)). Related: Stagnated; …   Etymology dictionary

  • stagnate — [stag′nāt΄] vi. stagnated, stagnating [< L stagnatus, pp. of stagnare, to stagnate < stagnum, pool, swamp, standing water < IE base * stag , to trickle, seep > Gr stazein, to drip] to be or become stagnant vt. to make stagnant… …   English World dictionary

  • stagnate — index languish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stagnate — [v] deteriorate by lack of action constipate, decay, decline, fester, go to seed*, hibernate, idle, languish, lie fallow, not move, putrefy, rot, rust, stall, stand, stand still, stifle, stultify, trammel, vegetate; concepts 698,748 Ant. grow,… …   New thesaurus

  • stagnate — ► VERB ▪ become stagnant. DERIVATIVES stagnation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • stagnate — UK [stæɡˈneɪt] / US [ˈstæɡˌneɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms stagnate : present tense I/you/we/they stagnate he/she/it stagnates present participle stagnating past tense stagnated past participle stagnated 1) to stay the same without growing… …   English dictionary

  • stagnate — stagnation, n. stagnatory /stag neuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /stag nayt/, v.i., stagnated, stagnating. 1. to cease to run or flow, as water, air, etc. 2. to be or become stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water. 3. to stop developing,… …   Universalium

  • stagnate — verb Stagnate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑economy, ↑income …   Collocations dictionary

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