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dormantadjective

uk   /ˈdɔː.mənt/  us   /ˈdɔːr-/
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.
Translations of “dormant”
in French en veilleuse…
in German untätig, schlafend…
in Chinese (Traditional) 蟄伏的,沉睡的,休眠的…
in Russian недействующий…
in Turkish faal olmayan, uyku hâlinde, geçici hareketsizlik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 蛰伏的,沉睡的,休眠的…
in Polish uśpiony…
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