Definition of dormant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdɔːmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːrmənt//
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not active or growing now but able to become active or to grow in the future synonym inactive a dormant volcano During the winter the seeds lie dormant in the soil. The seeds may lie dormant for hundreds of years. opposite active Word Originlate Middle English (in the senses ‘fixed in position’ and ‘latent’): from Old French, ‘sleeping’, present participle of dormir, from Latin dormire ‘to sleep’.
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