verb (used without object), hibernated, hibernating.
to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals. Compare estivate
to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.
to winter in a place with a milder climate: Each winter finds us hibernating in Florida.
Origin: 1795–1805; Related forms
< Latin hībernātus
(past participle of hībernāre
to spend the winter). See hibernal