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[ sal-uh-veyt ]

verb (used without object)

, sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing.
  1. to produce saliva.

verb (used with object)

, sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing.
  1. to produce an excessive secretion of saliva in, as by mercurial poisoning.


/ ˈsælɪˌveɪt /


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

  • ˌsaliˈvation, noun
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Other Words From

  • un·sali·vated adjective
  • un·sali·vating adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of salivate1

1650–60; < Latin salīvātus (past participle of salīvāre to cause to salivate); saliva, -ate 1
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Example Sentences

Compared to their peers who ate regular corn and hay feed, the hemp cows were more relaxed, yawning and salivating more often, and got into some “pronounced tongue play,” the authors write.

Also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams, with former “X-Men” star Patrick Stewart coming onboard for an “undisclosed role” that has Marvel fans salivating for a long-hoped-for crossover.

With its robust interest targeting, first and third party data, conversion and other offerings, it’s an offering that would make any media buyer salivate.

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Presumably the only option left is to cut spending on Medicaid or Social Security or some other popular safety-net program Republicans have long salivated over slashing.

Should Woods manage to recover and build his body back into the shape where he can compete, maybe there will be a time when the hope will return, when we will salivate for every update about the improbable moving toward possible.

My Life and Living History hit the perfect intersection of news and gossip, and people who salivate for both bought those books.

But my parents also left me with a dearth of hobbies that make admissions committees salivate.

What is it about celebrities that makes otherwise sensible journalists salivate and tilt at windmills?

I would salivate, literally, at his stories of hunting the lawless lands of Europe.

Thoroughly masticate the food, and well salivate it before swallowing.

Hit's too much de work er yo' j'ints ter make me b'lieve hit's gwine ter salivate yo' soul.

Doctor Cooke's only fear in his heroic use of calomel was that it would salivate.

It has been known thus to salivate cattle, but the danger of injury to them from this source is slight.

The boys will certain salivate him, asserted the guard, as the men were rising and approaching the fire.


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