sal·​i·​vate | \ ˈsa-lə-ˌvāt How to pronounce salivate (audio) \
salivated; salivating

Definition of salivate

intransitive verb

1 : to have a flow of saliva especially in excess
2 : to show great desire or anticipation : drool

Other Words from salivate

salivation \ ˌsa-​lə-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce salivate (audio) \ noun
salivator \ ˈsa-​lə-​ˌvā-​tər How to pronounce salivate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of salivate in a Sentence

The smell alone was enough to make me salivate. She was salivating at the prospect of traveling to Europe.
Recent Examples on the Web The listing is not available to book yet, but Issa Rae respectfully gave us several days to salivate over these beautiful pictures until it can be booked on Tuesday, February 8. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2022 Corsair recently sent over the latest iteration of its all-in-one One (hence the clever name) desktop gaming PC for testing, which comes packed with enough Alder Lake-ready hardware to make even the most jaded PC gamers salivate. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The thought of that one-on-one primary scenario is probably making prominent Democrats (and Republicans) salivate – like mouths at a Thanksgiving feast. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2021 No doubt, the questioners today will salivate at the opportunity to get publicity for slamming oil companies on camera, but this will remind many of us of the golden age of Barnum and Bailey’s productions. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Bitcoin gaining the endorsement of Soros’s top lieutenant—even such a tepid endorsement—is exactly the kind of news that may cause crypto investors to salivate. Declan Harty, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2021 Just the name makes some people salivate and others sick to their stomaches. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 His agent might salivate at the proposition of negotiating another extension. John Canzano, oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 Those golf carts, in fact, make a lot of urban-transportation planners salivate. Alissa Walker, Curbed, 20 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of salivate

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of salivate was circa 1706

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Dictionary Entries Near salivate

salivary gland


saliva test

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“Salivate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for salivate


sal·​i·​vate | \ ˈsa-lə-ˌvāt \
salivated; salivating

Kids Definition of salivate

: to produce or secrete saliva especially in large amounts


sal·​i·​vate | \ ˈsal-ə-ˌvāt How to pronounce salivate (audio) \
salivated; salivating

Medical Definition of salivate

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to have a flow of saliva especially in excess

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