hibernate

verb
hi·​ber·​nate | \ ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \
hibernated; hibernating

Definition of hibernate

intransitive verb

1 : to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state bears hibernating in their dens
2 : to be or become inactive or dormant let the computer hibernate

Other Words from hibernate

hibernation \ ˌhī-​bər-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \ noun
hibernator \ ˈhī-​bər-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \ noun

Examples of hibernate in a Sentence

bears hibernating in their dens
Recent Examples on the Web These large lizards usually hibernate from the end of November through February. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 Rattlesnakes usually hibernate from October to April and look for rocks to hide under and warm places and will return to the same place year after year. Olga R. Rodriguez, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2021 Those who wish to stay unvaccinated will need to hibernate or repeatedly be tested. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2021 All three projects propose using rovers, which would need to hibernate to survive the -173 Celcius temperatures of the lunar night—which lasts 14 Earth days. Chris Wright, Wired, 15 June 2021 However, Duke Lemur Center researchers wondered if captive lemurs could still hibernate after generations of captivity. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2021 Like some birds, the monarch butterfly migrates annually for the winter in a unique ecological phenomenon that takes the tiny insect thousands of miles into Mexico to hibernate. Yadira Sanchez Olson, chicagotribune.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Now, a new report shows that Android 12 can indeed automatically hibernate unused apps to free up space. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Apr. 2021 Researchers at Duke University's Lemur Center in North Carolina feared their captive lemurs had lost the ability to hibernate after four generations stopped doing so—until now. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hibernate

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hibernate

Latin hibernatus, past participle of hibernare to pass the winter, from hibernus of winter; akin to Latin hiems winter, Greek cheimōn

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The first known use of hibernate was in 1816

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hibernating gland

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27 Oct 2021

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“Hibernate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hibernate. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for hibernate

hibernate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hibernate

: to spend the winter sleeping or resting

hibernate

verb
hi·​ber·​nate | \ ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \
hibernated; hibernating

Kids Definition of hibernate

: to pass all or part of the winter in an inactive state in which the body temperature drops and breathing slows

Other Words from hibernate

hibernator \ -​ˌnāt-​ər \ noun

hibernate

intransitive verb
hi·​ber·​nate | \ ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \
hibernated; hibernating

Medical Definition of hibernate

: to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state especially : to pass the winter in a torpid condition in which the body temperature drops to a little above freezing and metabolic activity is reduced nearly to zero — compare estivate

Other Words from hibernate

hibernation \ ˌhī-​bər-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \ noun
hibernator \ ˈhī-​bər-​ˌnāt-​ər How to pronounce hibernate (audio) \ noun

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