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English definition of “dormant”

dormant

adjective     /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 .Passive and not workingEarthquakes and volcanic eruptions 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 .Passive and not working
(Definition of dormant adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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