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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.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
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