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stagnate

(stăg′nāt′)
intr.v. stag·nated, stag·nating, stag·nates
To be or become stagnant.

stag·na′tion n.
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This I learned from her benefactress; from the pious and charitable lady who adopted her in her orphan state, reared her as her own daughter, and whose kindness, whose generosity the unhappy girl repaid by an ingratitude so bad, so dreadful, that at last her excellent patroness was obliged to separate her from her own young ones, fearful lest her vicious example should contaminate their purity: she has sent her here to be healed, even as the Jews of old sent their diseased to the troubled pool of Bethesda; and, teachers, superintendent, I beg of you not to allow the waters to stagnate round her.
I should rush into idleness, and stagnate there with all my might.
Country people have no opportunity of being either, so they stagnate.