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stag·nate / ˈstagˌnāt/ • v. [intr.] (of water or air) cease to flow or move; become stagnant. ∎ fig. cease developing; become inactive or dull: teaching can easily stagnate into a set of routines| [as adj.] (stagnating) stagnating consumer confidence. DERIVATIVES: stag·na·tion / stagˈnāshən/ n.

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