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

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 Fantasy owners are salivating about Week 3 when Mahomes faces off against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Frankie Taddeo,, "Fantasy Football: Week 2 Sunday Superlatives," 16 Sep. 2019 As the season starts, the defensive linemen 49ers fans should salivate to see are Ford, Bosa, DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas – all former first-round draft picks who must deliver for a 2019 turnaround. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers exhibition recap: Five questions that went unanswered," 29 Aug. 2019 While there is little push from lawmakers to take the issue up before the 2020 elections, Wall Street is salivating at the prospect of a $100 billion IPO. NBC News, "Could Trump's plan to privatize Fannie Mae kill the 30-year mortgage?," 6 Sep. 2019 New 49ers pass rushers Nick Bosa and Dee Ford could be salivating at the sight of the Bucs’ offensive line, which was rated just 24th of 32 NFL teams by Pro Football Focus. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Focus on Tampa Bay: Which Winston awaits 49ers?," 4 Sep. 2019 Lawyers and brokers, meanwhile, practically salivated at the idea of writing and issuing $1 billion in bonds, at the time an unprecedented number. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "That Time NASA Wanted to Build a Floating Airport on Lake Erie," 2 Aug. 2019 No wonder financial planners are salivating over the potential. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Schwab Bets That Investors Will ‘Binge’ on Advice With Netflix-like Subscription Service," 28 Aug. 2019 Major League Baseball and television executives, who saw ratings slip during last year’s World Series, would salivate over a Dodgers-Yankees reunion this fall. James Wagner, New York Times, "Yankees-Dodgers Is Both a Rarity and a Potential Playoff Preview," 23 Aug. 2019 But the company says there's no real market for a car like that stateside, even if journalists salivate at the thought. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Audi Q3 is a compelling crossover point of entry to the brand," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of salivate

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2019

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The first known use of salivate was circa 1706

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How to pronounce salivate (audio)

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


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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