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hibernate

[ hi-ber-neyt ]
/ 藞h瑟 b蓹r藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used without object), hi路ber路nat路ed, hi路ber路nat路ing.
Zoology. to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals.Compare estivate.
to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.
to winter in a place with a milder climate: Each winter finds us hibernating in Florida.
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Origin of hibernate

First recorded in 1795鈥1805, hibernate is from the Latin word h墨bern膩tus (past participle of h墨bern膩re to spend the winter). See hibernal, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM hibernate

hi路ber路na路tion, nounhi路ber路na路tor, nounpost路hi路ber路na路tion, adjectivesem路i路hi路ber路na路tion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hibernate

estivate, hibernate
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British Dictionary definitions for hibernate

hibernate
/ (藞ha瑟b蓹藢ne瑟t) /

verb (intr)
(of some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) to pass the winter in a dormant condition with metabolism greatly slowed downCompare aestivate
to cease from activity

Derived forms of hibernate

hibernation, nounhibernator, noun

Word Origin for hibernate

C19: from Latin h墨bern膩re to spend the winter, from h墨bernus of winter, from hiems winter
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