AskDefine | Define dormant

Dictionary Definition

dormant adj
1 of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive; "a dormant volcano" [syn: inactive] [ant: extinct, active]
2 lying with head on paws as if sleeping [syn: dormant(ip), sleeping]
3 in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation; "dormant buds"; "a hibernating bear"; "torpid frogs" [syn: hibernating(a), torpid]
4 not active but capable of becoming active; "her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Inactive, asleep, suspended.
    Grass goes dormant during the winter, waiting for spring before it grows again.
    The bank account was dormant; there had been no transactions in months.


inactive, asleep, suspended




  1. dormant
  2. asleep



Extensive Definition

Dormant means lacking activity. It can refer to several things.
dormant in French: Dormant

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