V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to stand still; 2. to be idle and fail to develop or make progress; 3. to rot or become foul due to lack of movement

Synonyms: stand, stall, degenerate, rot, vegetate, deteriorate, decay, stale

Antonyms: move, grow, increase, progress, develop

Tips: Stagnate is derived from the Latin stagnatum, which means "standing water." To stagnate is to stand still, whether literally, like with a marsh or swamp that begins to rot and decay, or figuratively, like with a company that doesn't adapt and progress in a changing marketplace. The related adjective stagnant describes things that are not moving, changing, or growing.

Usage Examples:

The poorly constructed business plan will likely cause the company's growth to stagnate at some point in the future. (not move, be idle)

Most of her stocks stagnated last year, and she wondered where she went wrong in her investments. (stood still, did not move)

She drained her child's pool after every use in order to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the stagnant water. (idle, not moving) adjective

Our sales have become stagnant, and we need to come up with new ways to attract customers. (idle, stuck, static) adjective

Want to Learn More Words Like stagnate?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word stagnate were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: