[ es-tuh-veyt ]
/ ˈɛs təˌveɪt /
verb (used without object), es·ti·vat·ed, es·ti·vat·ing.
to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity.
Zoology. to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, as certain reptiles, snails, insects, and small mammals.
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Origin of estivate
1620–30; <Latin aestīvātus, past participle of aestīvāre to reside during the summer (akin to aestīvus of or relating to summer); see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM estivatees·ti·va·tor, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH estivateestivate , hibernate
Words nearby estivate
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British Dictionary definitions for estivate
/ (ˈiːstɪˌveɪt, ˈɛs-) /
(intr) the usual US spelling of aestivate
Derived forms of estivateestivator, noun
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