hibernate

[hi-ber-neyt]
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; < Latin hībernātus (past participle of hībernāre to spend the winter). See hibernal, -ate1

hibernation, noun
hibernator, noun
posthibernation, adjective
semihibernation, noun

estivate, hibernate.
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hibernate (ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt)
 
vb
1.  Compare aestivate (of some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) to pass the winter in a dormant condition with metabolism greatly slowed down
2.  to cease from activity
 
[C19: from Latin hībernāre to spend the winter, from hībernus of winter, from hiems winter]
 
hiber'nation
 
n
 
'hibernator
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
Action is generating heat, as it should, following the laws of nature for animals that can't hibernate.
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