hibernate

verb
hi·​ber·​nate | \ ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \
hibernated; hibernating

Definition of hibernate

intransitive verb

1 : to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state bears hibernating in their dens
2 : to be or become inactive or dormant let the computer hibernate

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Other Words from hibernate

hibernation \ ˌhī-​bər-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce hibernation (audio) \ noun
hibernator \ ˈhī-​bər-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce hibernator (audio) \ noun

Examples of hibernate in a Sentence

bears hibernating in their dens
Recent Examples on the Web Yet those who live for Astros schadenfreude may want to hibernate until 2021. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB playoffs: Which teams have the clearest path to a title? Ranking contenders 1-8," 5 Oct. 2020 The Bulldog spirit does not hibernate in times of stress and, yes, even fear. cleveland, "Volunteerism freshens room and spirits: Olmsted Dates and Data," 30 Aug. 2020 Asian giant hornets typically hibernate during the winter and emerge again in April, and the researchers spent last month setting traps to locate and eradicate any hives. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "No, Americans Do Not Need to Panic About ‘Murder Hornets’," 5 May 2020 Concurrent with the announcement that the Civic coupe had been euthanized like a rabid rat, Honda also let it be known that the beloved Civic Si sedan will hibernate for a year before returning for the 2022 model year. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "These Vehicles Are Dead for 2021," 31 July 2020 Adults hibernate in plant debris and can have multiple generations. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Pretty harlequin bug is the foe that is actually a gardener’s friend," 18 May 2020 Unlike native social bees that die off in the fall, honey bees hibernate during the winter inside their hives. Lila Westreich, The Conversation, "Spring signals female bees to lay the next generation of pollinators," 1 May 2020 Once their food is gone, the urchins, which can live for more than 50 years, lower their metabolism and essentially hibernate. Maurice Roper, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Apr. 2020 Stillness has muffled the streets in Sacramento as people hibernate in their homes and wait for the threat of COVID-19 to subside. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Living in a war zone: What it teaches about surviving a pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hibernate

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hibernate

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

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The first known use of hibernate was in 1816

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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hibernate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hibernate. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for hibernate

hibernate

verb
How to pronounce hibernate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hibernate

of an animal : to spend the winter sleeping or resting

hibernate

verb
hi·​ber·​nate | \ ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \
hibernated; hibernating

Kids Definition of hibernate

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

Other Words from hibernate

hibernator \ -​ˌnāt-​ər \ noun
hi·​ber·​nate | \ ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \
hibernated; hibernating

Medical Definition of hibernate

: 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

Other Words from hibernate

hibernation \ ˌhī-​bər-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce hibernation (audio) \ noun
hibernator \ ˈhī-​bər-​ˌnāt-​ər How to pronounce hibernator (audio) \ noun

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