[ sal-uh-veyt ]
/ ˈsæl əˌveɪt /

verb (used without object), sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing.

to produce saliva.

verb (used with object), sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing.

to produce an excessive secretion of saliva in, as by mercurial poisoning.

Nearby words

  1. salivary digestion,
  2. salivary duct,
  3. salivary fistula,
  4. salivary gland,
  5. salivary glands,
  6. salivation,
  7. salivator,
  8. salk,
  9. salk vaccine,
  10. salk, jonas edward

Origin of salivate

1650–60; < Latin salīvātus (past participle of salīvāre to cause to salivate); see saliva, -ate1

Related formsun·sal·i·vat·ed, adjectiveun·sal·i·vat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for salivate


/ (ˈsælɪˌveɪt) /


(intr) to secrete saliva, esp an excessive amount
(tr) to cause (a laboratory animal, etc) to produce saliva, as by the administration of mercury
Derived Formssalivation, noun

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Word Origin and History for salivate



1650s, "cause to produce saliva;" intransitive sense from 1680s, from Latin salivatus, past participle of salivare, from saliva (see saliva). Figurative use in reference to anticipation by 1965. Related: Salivated; salivating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for salivate


[ sălə-vāt′ ]


To secrete or produce saliva.
To produce excessive salivation in.

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