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hibernate

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verb hi·ber·nate \ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of hibernate

  • of an animal : to spend the winter sleeping or resting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hibernate

hibernated

hibernating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state

  3. 2 :  to be or become inactive or dormant

hibernation

play \ˌhī-bər-ˈnā-shən\ noun

hibernator

play \ˈhī-bər-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of hibernate in a sentence

  1. bears hibernating in their dens



Origin and Etymology of hibernate

Latin hibernatus, past participle of hibernare to pass the winter, from hibernus of winter; akin to Latin hiems winter, Greek cheimōn


First Known Use: circa 1802

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HIBERNATE Defined for Kids

hibernate

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verb hi·ber·nate \ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt\

Definition of hibernate for Students

hibernated

hibernating

  1. :  to pass all or part of the winter in an inactive state in which the body temperature drops and breathing slows

hibernator

\-ˌnāt-ər\ noun



Medical Dictionary

hibernate

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intransitive verb hi·ber·nate \ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt\

Medical Definition of hibernate

hibernated

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hibernating

  1. :  to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state; especially :  to pass the winter in a torpid condition in which the body temperature drops to a little above freezing and metabolic activity is reduced nearly to zero—compare estivate

hibernation

\ˌhī-bər-ˈnā-shən\play noun

hibernator

\ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt-ər\play noun



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