V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: currently asleep, inactive, or not growing, but with the latent possibility of starting or resuming such activities
Synonyms: latent, inactive, asleep, hibernating, quiescent, suspended
Antonyms: active, alert, growing
Tips: Dormant originally referred to heraldic images of animals sleeping. It is from the Latin dormire, "to sleep." We often hear the word dormant used when describing inactive volcanoes--the volcano is dormant. Dormancy is a state of quiet inaction, as with volcanoes in dormancy.
The volcano has been dormant for some time. (inactive)
His wild side had remained dormant since college. (inactive, latent, suspended)
Teresa's creativity remained dormant until she was laid up with a broken leg and had to write to entertain herself. (latent, suspended)
The hibernating bears remained in dormancy until spring. (inactivity, sleep) noun
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