Meaning of “dormant” in the English Dictionary

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"dormant" in British English

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dormantadjective

uk /ˈdɔː.mənt/ us /ˈdɔːr.mənt/

Something that is dormant 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.

(Definition of “dormant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dormant" in American English

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dormantadjective

us /ˈdɔr·mənt/

(of things) not active or growing, but having the ability to be active at a later time:

a dormant volcano
Most roses being sold now are dormant, and without any soil around their roots.

(Definition of “dormant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dormant" in Business English

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dormantadjective

uk /ˈdɔːmənt/ us

not active or growing now, but having the ability to become active in the future:

Authorities reopened a dormant investigation of the company.
lie/remain/sit dormant The legislation was drafted and then lay dormant in Parliament for months.

(Definition of “dormant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)