aestivate

[ es-tuh-veyt or, esp. British, ee-stuh- ]
/ ˈɛs təˌveɪt or, esp. British, ˈi stə- /
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verb (used without object), aes·ti·vat·ed, aes·ti·vat·ing.


Nearby words

  1. aesthetician,
  2. aestheticism,
  3. aestheticize,
  4. aesthetics,
  5. aestival,
  6. aestivation,
  7. aet.,
  8. aetatis suae,
  9. aethalium,
  10. aetheling

Related formsaes·ti·va·tion, nounaes·ti·va·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for aestivate

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 Formsaestivator 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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