salivate

verb
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

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Other Words from salivate

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

Synonyms for salivate

Synonyms

dribble, drivel, drool, slaver, slobber

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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.

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With its Insta-friendly packaging and formulas with intense color payoff, the entire Uoma range will have makeup maximalists salivating. Allure, "Uoma Beauty Founder Sharon Chuter Explains Why Inclusivity Is So Much More Than Foundation Shades," 4 May 2019 Those who suffer from morning sickness tend to salivate excessively. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "20 Gross Things Every Pregnant Woman Secretly Does," 22 May 2017 Scooter companies are salivating over the prospects, and sources tell The Verge that conversations between company representatives, lobbyists, and elected officials at the state and city level are already taking place. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "New York City is the perfect scooter market, but it’s also the most impossible," 11 Aug. 2018 In the meantime, go ahead and start salivating at the prospect of Warriors/Thunder, which on paper looks like the best first-round matchup in years. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The All-Bullseye Team: Five All-Stars Facing Serious Playoff Pressure," 4 Apr. 2018 Much of it is myopic and small-brained, from sideline observers gleefully salivating at the opportunity to take him down a peg. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 After all, what comic fan wouldn’t salivate at the chance to take on the roles of their favorite superheroes? Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 And by October, lobbyists were salivating at the possibility. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018 Go back 40 years and find for me when the White House press corps salivated over a Republican president. Fox News, "Sean Spicer: CNN's Jim Acosta owes Trump an apology," 2 Aug. 2018

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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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salivate

verb

English Language Learners 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

salivate

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

Kids Definition of salivate

: to produce or secrete saliva especially in large amounts

salivate

verb
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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