salivate

verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of salivate was circa 1706

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“Salivate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salivate. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

salivate

verb
sal·​i·​vate ˈsal-ə-ˌvāt How to pronounce salivate (audio)
salivated; salivating
: to produce or secrete saliva especially in large amounts
salivation noun

Medical Definition

salivate

verb
sal·​i·​vate ˈsal-ə-ˌvāt How to pronounce salivate (audio)
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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