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Meaning of HIBERNATE

Pronunciation:  'hibur`neyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
\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.
                                               --Southey.

 
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
 

 

 

 

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