Definition for STAG'NATE

STAG'NATE, v.i. [L. stagno, stagnum; It. stagnare.]

  1. To cease to flow; to be motionless; as, blood stagnates in the veins of an animal; air stagnates in a close room.
  2. To cease to move; not to be agitated. Water that stagnates in a pond or reservoir soon becomes foul.
  3. To cease to be brisk or active; to become dull; as, commerce stagnates; business stagnates.

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