dormant

adjective
dor·​mant | \ ˈdȯr-mənt \

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 as
a : temporarily devoid of external activity a dormant volcano
b : temporarily in abeyance yet capable of being activated seeds will remain dormant until spring reawaken her dormant emotions
3a : asleep, inactive dormant creatures
b : having the faculties suspended : sluggish
c : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dormant

Synonyms

asleep, dozing, napping, resting, sleeping, slumbering

Antonyms

awake, sleepless, wakeful, wide-awake

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latent, dormant, quiescent, potential mean not now showing signs of activity or existence. latent applies to a power or quality that has not yet come forth but may emerge and develop. a latent desire for success dormant suggests the inactivity of something (such as a feeling or power) as though sleeping. their passion had lain dormant quiescent suggests a usually temporary cessation of activity. the disease was quiescent potential applies to what does not yet have existence or effect but is likely soon to have. a potential disaster

Examples of dormant in a Sentence

The seeds will remain dormant until the spring. Her emotions have lain dormant for many years.

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Adult plants measure heat and cold to help determine whether to actively grow or go dormant. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 The region also contains 452 volcanoes, more than 75 percent of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "'Big One' talk swirls as 69 massive earthquakes hit the Pacific's Ring of Fire in 48 hours," 22 Aug. 2018 The neurological pathways that connected his brain to his muscle memory had been dormant and disconnected so long that the wiring had decayed, leaving him as helpless as a toddler. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018 One theory: Circuits of nerves below the injury site are dormant, but still living. Fox News, "Paralyzed patients take first steps after implant, intense rehab," 25 Sep. 2018 One theory: Circuits of nerves below the injury site are dormant, but still living. Lauran Neergaard, The Seattle Times, "Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps," 24 Sep. 2018 Two are dormant, and four, including Kīlauea, are active. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hawaiian Volcano ​Kilauea Taking a Break From Erupting, But it Might Not Be All Done," 8 Aug. 2018 Its social media channels have been dormant for months, and the company’s domain name has been taken over by a scam effort purporting to be Time Warner Cable, a cable television service that no longer exists. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Mark Cuban’s hoverboard company has gone up in smoke," 26 Sep. 2018 Apart from a couple of novels, the series has been dormant since then. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Cult classic TV show Veronica Mars is Hulu’s latest resurrection," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dormant

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dormant

Middle English, fixed, stationary, from Anglo-French, from present participle of dormir to sleep, from Latin dormire; akin to Sanskrit drāti he sleeps

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dormant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dormant

: not doing anything at this time : not active but able to become active

dormant

adjective
dor·​mant | \ ˈdȯr-mənt \

Kids Definition of dormant

: not active for the time being The volcano is dormant.

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