What does the word stagnate mean?

Usage examples for stagnate

  1. These men of inherent activity and skill of hand, men whose bones and muscles were made for work, whose whole nature calls for the out- of- doors, are doomed to stagnate, grow discontented, and finally lose hope, if compelled by pride or bad judgment to undertake the " white collar man's" job. – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  2. Well, people would stagnate if they did not strive for something. – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner