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dormant

[ dawr-muhnt ]
/ ˈdɔr mənt /
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adjective
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Origin of dormant

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English dorma(u)nt, from Anglo-French, present participle of dormir, from Latin dormīre “to sleep”; see -ant

synonym study for dormant

1, 2. See inactive.

OTHER WORDS FROM dormant

non·dor·mant, adjectivesem·i·dor·mant, adjective

Words nearby dormant

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How to use dormant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dormant

dormant
/ (ˈdɔːmənt) /

adjective
quiet and inactive, as during sleep
latent or inoperative
(of a volcano) neither extinct nor erupting
biology alive but in a resting torpid condition with suspended growth and reduced metabolism
(usually postpositive) heraldry (of a beast) in a sleeping position
Compare active, passive

Derived forms of dormant

dormancy, noun

Word Origin for dormant

C14: from Old French dormant, from dormir to sleep, from Latin dormīre
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Scientific definitions for dormant

dormant
[ dôrmənt ]

Being in an inactive state during which growth and development cease and metabolism is slowed, usually in response to an adverse environment. In winter, some plants survive as dormant seeds or bulbs, and some animals enter the dormant state of hibernation.
Not active but capable of renewed activity. Volcanoes that have erupted within historical times and are expected to erupt again are dormant.
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