Definition of dormant
1 heraldry : represented on a coat of arms in a lying position with the head on the forepaws
2 : marked by a suspension of activity: such asa : temporarily devoid of external activity a dormant volcanob : temporarily in abeyance yet capable of being activated seeds will remain dormant until spring reawaken her dormant emotions
3a : asleep, inactive dormant creaturesb : having the faculties suspended : sluggishc : having biological activity suspended: such as (1) : being in a state of suspended animation (2) botany : not actively growing but protected (as by bud scales) from the environment —used of plant parts
4 : associated with, carried out, or applied during a period of dormancy dormant grafting
Examples of dormant in a sentence
The seeds will remain dormant until the spring.
Her emotions have lain dormant for many years.
Recent Examples of dormant from the web
Trump’s threats to step up deportations and his vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have caused widespread indignation in Mexico — and stirred up anti-U.S sentiments that had been mostly dormant.
By the time Dr. Stone took the helm, the federation had become dormant.
LONDON—Consumer prices in the U.K. rose in November at the fastest annual pace for more than two years, a sign that sterling’s sharp depreciation in the wake of June’s Brexit vote is fueling a revival in long-dormant inflation.
The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry has been dormant lately, but these games could revive the intensity.
Ever since Pokémon Go shattered records as the world's most downloaded app, the dormant Pokémon fever within all of us has been bursting forth in every way possible.
Leaders of the Islamic State have taken emulation of Muhammad as strict duty, and have revived traditions that have been dormant for hundreds of years.
That's a pretty heavy statement, one that reveals that Hannah's narcissistic tendencies are hardly dormant and that trouble lies ahead for the most stable couple on the show.
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Origin and Etymology of dormant
Middle English, fixed, stationary, from Anglo-French, from present participle of dormir to sleep, from Latin dormire; akin to Sanskrit drāti he sleeps
First Known Use: circa 1500
Synonym Discussion of dormant
DORMANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dormant for English Language Learners
: not doing anything at this time : not active but able to become active
DORMANT Defined for Kids
Definition of dormant for Students
: not active for the time being The volcano is dormant.
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