salivate

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verb sal·i·vate \ ˈsa-lə-ˌvāt \

Definition of salivate

salivated; salivating
intransitive verb
1 :to have a flow of saliva especially in excess
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.

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First Known Use of salivate

circa 1706

salivate Synonyms


SALIVATE Defined for English Language Learners

salivate

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verb

Definition of salivate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

salivate

verb sal·i·vate \ ˈsa-lə-ˌvāt \

Definition of salivate for Students

salivated; salivating
: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; salivating
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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