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intr.v. stag·nat·ed, stag·nat·ing, stag·nates
To be or become stagnant.

[Latin stāgnāre, stāgnāt-, from stāgnum, swamp.]

stag·na′tion n.



in a rut Stuck in an established routine; mired in monotony; caught in a stultifying sameness. This figurative use of rut ‘deep furrow or track’ has been common since the mid-19th century.

On his return to civilized life, he will settle at once into the rut. (Sir John Skelton, Campaigner at Home, 1865)

Today the expression carries the contradictory connotations of comfort and discontent, with emphasis on the latter: movement in a fixed course is smooth and easy but deadening.

in the doldrums Inactive, stagnant, nonproductive; depressed, in low spirits, in the dumps, in a blue funk. Doldrum derives from dol, an obsolete form of dull, and is itself an obsolete slang term for a dullard. Thus, the doldrums refers to a condition of dullness, low spirits, or depression.

I am now in the doldrums; but when I get better, I will send you …. (Morning Herald, April 13, 1811)

The doldrums also often refers to the condition of a becalmed ship. By extension, not only ships, but the economy, politics, trade, etc., can be “in the doldrums.”

At the present moment the trade appears to be in the doldrums. (Sir T. Sutherland, Westminster Gazette, July 11, 1895)

According to the OED, confusion as to whether the doldrums referred to a condition or a location gave rise to its use as the name of that specific region of calm near the Equator where neutralizing trade winds often prevent ships from making progress.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stagnation - a state of inactivity (in business or art etc); "economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity - the state of being inactive
2.stagnation - inactivity of liquids; being stagnant; standing still; without current or circulation
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity - the state of being inactive


A lack of action or activity:
رُكود، كَساد
stöînun; òaî aî vera staîinn/fúll


[stægˈneɪʃən] N
1. [of water] → estancamiento m
2. (fig) [of economy, industry] → estancamiento m, paralización f; [of market] → inactividad f, estancamiento m; [of society, person] → anquilosamiento m, estancamiento m


[stægˈneɪʃən] n [economy, industry] → stagnation fstag night nenterrement m de vie de garçonstag party nenterrement m de vie de garçon


nStagnieren nt; (of trade also)Stagnation f, → Stocken nt; (of air)Stau m; (of person)Verdummung f; (of mind)Verlangsamung f


[stægˈneɪʃn] n (of water, economy) → ristagno, stagnazione f; (of mind) → intorpidimento


(ˈstӕgnənt) adjective
1. (of water) standing still rather than flowing and therefore usually dirty. a stagnant pool.
2. dull or inactive. Our economy is stagnant.
stagnate (stӕgˈneit) , ((American) ˈstӕgneit) verb
1. (of water) to be or become stagnant.
2. to become dull and inactive.
stagˈnation noun


n. estancación, estancamiento, falta de circulación en los líquidos.
References in classic literature ?
Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise; for the result is waste of time and general stagnation.
The complexity of Petersburg, as a rule, had a stimulating effect on him, rousing him out of his Moscow stagnation.
Owing to occasional retrogressions, to still more frequent moral and intellectual stagnation, and to the extraordinary fecundity of the Criminal and Vagabond Classes, there is always a vast superfluity of individuals of the half degree and single degree class, and a fair abundance of Specimens up to 10 degrees.
It was a stagnation in which, full of pity for him, Anne of Austria would not have willingly left him; but in order to attract the attention of the sick man by some brilliant stroke, she must have either won or lost.
Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags.