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hibernate

[hi-ber-neyt] /ˈhɪ bərˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), hibernated, hibernating.
1.
Zoology. to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals.
Compare estivate.
2.
to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.
3.
to winter in a place with a milder climate:
Each winter finds us hibernating in Florida.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Latin hībernātus (past participle of hībernāre to spend the winter). See hibernal, -ate1
Related forms
hibernation, noun
hibernator, noun
posthibernation, adjective
semihibernation, noun
Can be confused
estivate, hibernate.
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Examples from the web for hibernate
  • Jellyfish do not hibernate in a true sense but spend the winter in a dormant stage.
  • Unlike sleep, which continues to draw small amounts of power even though the computer appears to be off, hibernate draws no power.
  • Whatever machine you're using, consider having it go into sleep, standby or hibernate after about a half-hour of inactivity.
  • These hares do not hibernate, but survive the dangerous cold with a number of behavioral and physiological adaptations.
  • They hibernate primarily in deep vertical caves with large rooms acting as cold air traps.
  • The species is nocturnal, and individuals hibernate during the cold summer months.
  • They dig burrows under rocks and logs, and retreat to those burrows to hibernate during the cold winter months.
  • During the cold winter months, speckled rattlesnakes hibernate, often in dens containing other rattlesnakes.
  • Others hibernate or become dormant in the cold of the winter.
  • Action is generating heat, as it should, following the laws of nature for animals that can't hibernate.
British Dictionary definitions for hibernate

hibernate

/ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) to pass the winter in a dormant condition with metabolism greatly slowed down Compare aestivate
2.
to cease from activity
Derived Forms
hibernation, noun
hibernator, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin hībernāre to spend the winter, from hībernus of winter, from hiems winter
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Word Origin and History for hibernate
v.

1802, probably a back-formation from hibernation. Related: Hibernated; hibernating.

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