If after high school you choose to live in your parents' house, keep the same job, and spend time with the same friends, your mother might worry that you've decided to stagnate, or stop moving forward.
When water stagnates, it stops moving and then sometimes begins to smells bad and attract mosquitoes. Think of a marshy pond or an old puddle. Similarly in the figurative sense, when the economy or society stagnates, it doesn't just sit still, it loses momentum. The word carries with it a negative connotation as something that stagnates really should be moving.
v cease to flow; stand without moving
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have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
v be idle; exist in a changeless situation
exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
do work, work
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moon, moon around, moon on
be idle in a listless or dreamy way
ride the bench, warm the bench
be out of the game
have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake
bum, bum about, bum around, frig around, loaf, loll, loll around, lounge about, lounge around, waste one's time
be lazy or idle
lie about, lie around
hang around idly