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salivate

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intransitive verb sal·i·vate \ˈsa-lə-ˌvāt\

Simple Definition of salivate

  • : to have a lot of saliva produced in your mouth because you see or smell food that you want to eat

  • : to have great interest in or desire for something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of salivate

salivated

salivating

  1. 1 :  to have a flow of saliva especially in excess

  2. 2 :  to show great desire or anticipation :  drool

salivation

play \ˌsa-lə-ˈvā-shən\ noun

salivator

play \ˈsa-lə-ˌvā-tər\ noun

Examples of salivate in a sentence

  1. The smell alone was enough to make me salivate.

  2. She was salivating at the prospect of traveling to Europe.



Circa 1706

First Known Use of salivate

circa 1706


SALIVATE Defined for Kids

salivate

verb sal·i·vate \ˈsa-lə-ˌvāt\

Definition of salivate for Students

salivated

salivating

  1. :  to produce or secrete saliva especially in large amounts




Medical Dictionary

salivate

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verb sal·i·vate \ˈsal-ə-ˌvāt\

Medical Definition of salivate

salivated

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salivating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to produce an abnormal flow of saliva in (as by the use of mercury)

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to have a flow of saliva especially in excess





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