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"inert" in British English

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inertadjective

uk   /ɪˈnɜːt/  us   /-ˈnɝːt/
  • inert adjective (NOT MOVING)

not ​moving or not ​able to ​move: The inert ​figure of a man could be ​seenlying in the ​front of the ​car. not ​energetic or ​interesting: The ​narrative is inert and ​sloppy, as if the ​author had been writing half-asleep.
  • inert adjective (CHEMICAL)

specialized chemistry Inert ​substances do not ​produce a ​chemicalreaction when another ​substance is ​added: inert gases
inertly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of inert from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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inertadjective

 us   /ɪˈnɜrt/
  • inert adjective (NOT MOVING)

not ​moving or not ​able to move: The inert ​figure of a man ​lay in the ​front of the ​car.
  • inert adjective (CHEMISTRY)

[not gradable] not ​reactingchemically with other ​substances: an inert ​gas
(Definition of inert from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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