[ es-tuh-veyt or, esp. British, ee-stuh- ]
/ ˈɛs təˌveɪt or, esp. British, ˈi stə- /

verb (used without object), aes·ti·vat·ed, aes·ti·vat·ing.


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aes·ti·va·tion, nounaes·ti·va·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for aestivate


US estivate

/ (ˈiːstɪˌveɪt, ˈɛs-) /

verb (intr)

to pass the summer
(of animals such as the lungfish) to pass the summer or dry season in a dormant conditionCompare hibernate

Derived forms of aestivate

aestivator or US estivator, noun

Word Origin for aestivate

C17: from Latin aestīvātus, from aestīvāre to stay during the summer, from aestās summer
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