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.

Usage Examples:

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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