dormant Definition

  • 1temporarily inactive or not growing, but with the potential to do so in the future
  • 2having normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a period of time; in or as if in a deep sleep

Using dormant: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dormant" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The volcano has been dormant for centuries.

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    The company's assets have remained dormant for years.

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    The seeds will remain dormant until spring.

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    The bear goes into a dormant state during the winter months.

dormant Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with dormant

  • a bank account that has had no activity for a long period of time and is considered inactive


    The bank charges a fee for maintaining dormant accounts.

  • a volcano that is not currently erupting but has the potential to do so in the future


    The dormant volcano last erupted over 500 years ago.

  • a period of time when something is inactive or not growing


    The plant goes through a dormant period during the winter months.

Origins of dormant

from Old French 'dormant', present participle of 'dormir', meaning 'to sleep'


Summary: dormant in Brief

The term 'dormant' [ˈdɔːmənt] refers to a temporary state of inactivity or suspension of growth, but with the potential to become active or grow in the future. It can also refer to a state of deep sleep or suspended physical functions, as in 'The bear goes into a dormant state during the winter months.' 'Dormant' extends into phrases like 'dormant account,' and 'dormant volcano,' denoting inactive states with potential for future activity.