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Meaning of HIBERNATE

Pronunciation:  'hibur`neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  sleep during winter, as of certain animals; "Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves"
  2. [v]  be in an inactive or dormant state

HIBERNATE is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: hole up
 Antonyms: aestivate, estivate
 See Also: catch some Z's, kip, log Z's, rest, sleep, slumber



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hi"ber*nate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hibernated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Hibernating}.] [L. hibernare, hibernatum, fr.
hibernu? wintry. See {Hibernal}.]
To winter; to pass the season of winter in close quarters, in
a torpid or lethargic state, as certain mammals, reptiles,
and insects.

      Inclination would lead me to hibernate, during half the
      year, in this uncomfortable climate of Great Britain.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: aestivate, be a sideliner, be latent, be still, coast, delay, do nothing, drift, escape notice, hang fire, have nothing on, idle, lay by, lay off, lay to, lie beneath, lie by, lie dormant, lie fallow, lie hid, lie idle, lie low, lie off, lie to, lie up, lurk, make no sign, not budge, not stir, rest, ride at anchor, sit back, sit it out, smolder, stagnate, underlie, vegetate, wait and see, watch and wait