Definition of dormant
- a dormant volcano
- seeds will remain dormant until spring
- reawaken her dormant emotions
- dormant grafting
The seeds will remain dormant until the spring.
Her emotions have lain dormant for many years.
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First Known Use: circa 1500See Words from the same year
at rest, on the shelf, out of commission;
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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