Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To be or become stagnant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Stagnant.

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

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

Etymologies

Latin stāgnāre, stāgnāt-, from stāgnum, swamp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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