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Definition not active or growing, but capable of doing so in the future
in various senses, including:
  • a volcano that is not erupting and not extinct
  • a plant not growing in the winter
  • a disease that is not currently causing harm or growing worse, but which is not cured and might grow worse in the future
  • a person's talents or feelings that are yet to be realized
  • We hiked on a dormant volcano.
dormant = not active, but capable of activity in the future
  • dormant buds
  • her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened
  • It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts.
    Joseph Conrad
  • The words were meant to be taken lightly, but something in the tone of them roused a jealous fear which was always dormant in Mrs. Seal's breast.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • She pursued him with attentions, and when his passion was dormant sought to excite it, for then at least she had the illusion of holding him.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • But this side of her nature had lain dormant through the years, waiting for the mate to appear.
    London, Jack  --  The Game
  • to come back to life after my long undersnow dormancy.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • dormancy = long-term inactivity
  • The hunger, always there, had been somewhat controlled and dormant when there was nothing to eat but with the eggs came the scream to eat.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • dormant = quiet (inactive)
  • Some days, when the light is good, she searches the hill behind her house for the dormant plants she will transplant in the spring.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • But the earth still stirs with dormant blooms.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Its green and white stripes indicate the constant multiple, condition of parallel active and dormant chlorophyll regions.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • So the scientists said it was probably an ancient and dormant volcano crater.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • The splendor shrouded in the earth, the titan, dormant in his lair, disdainful.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • My ulcer, long dormant, rumbled in my stomach, as if answering this call.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Hopefully they'll go dormant for a while.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • And, of course, the mysterious disease I had had might have been dormant and contagious.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • With that realisation my dormant sense of wonder, my sense of the proportion of things, awoke again.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Nico held up his scepter, its orb dark and dormant.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Each time it was like an electric shock to my long dormant heart.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon

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