[ 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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OTHER WORDS FROM aestivateaes·ti·va·tion, nounaes·ti·va·tor, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for aestivate
The Australian mudfish (Ceratodus) is not known to hibernate or aestivate.
In such cases the insect must aestivate rather than hibernate.Butterflies Worth Knowing|Clarence M. Weed
British Dictionary definitions for aestivate
/ (ˈiːstɪˌveɪt, ˈɛs-) /
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 aestivateaestivator 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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