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dormant

adjective uk   /ˈdɔː.mənt/ us    /ˈdɔːr-/
describes something that is not active or growing but has the ability to be active at a later time: The long-dormant volcano has recently shown signs of erupting. These investments have remained dormant for several years. lie dormant If something lies dormant, it is not active: Her talent might have lain dormant had it not been for her aunt's encouragement.
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