September 08, 2012
dormant (adjective)
\DOR-munt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: inactive : especially, not actively growing or functioning
How do you use it?
After seeing the local kids' newscast, Gina's dormant interest in producing her own news show sprang back to life.
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You weren't sleeping on the job if you chose D, "latent"! Both "latent" and "dormant" mean not currently showing signs of activity or existence. Use "latent" when referring to a power or a quality that has not yet come forth but may emerge and develop ("a latent desire for success"). Choose "dormant" to describe the inactivity of something such as a feeling or power ("a dormant passion for writing"). "Potential" is another word with roughly the same meaning. Apply it to things that don't yet have an existence or an effect but are soon likely to ("a potential disaster").
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