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[sal-uh-veyt] /ˈsæl əˌveɪt/
verb (used without object), salivated, salivating.
to produce saliva.
verb (used with object), salivated, salivating.
to produce an excessive secretion of saliva in, as by mercurial poisoning.
Origin of salivate
1650-60; < Latin salīvātus (past participle of salīvāre to cause to salivate); see saliva, -ate1
Related forms
unsalivated, adjective
unsalivating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for salivate
  • While studying canine gastric functions, he noticed that his dogs began to salivate long before receiving any food.
  • It's come to the point where you almost can't run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip each other with big sticks.
  • Fashion historians salivate when they're confronted with an inventory of vintage haute couture.
  • Dog owners can fill the dish at the fountain and place it on the ground where the dog can drink and salivate gracefully.
  • Rabid raccoons may behave aggressively, salivate heavily, or have paralyzed hind legs.
  • They grow progressively weaker and often salivate excessively.
British Dictionary definitions for salivate


(intransitive) to secrete saliva, esp an excessive amount
(transitive) to cause (a laboratory animal, etc) to produce saliva, as by the administration of mercury
Derived Forms
salivation, noun
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Word Origin and History for salivate

1650s, "cause to produce saliva;" intransitive sense from 1680s, from Latin salivatus, past participle of salivare, from saliva (see saliva). Figurative use in reference to anticipation by 1965. Related: Salivated; salivating.

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salivate in Medicine

salivate sal·i·vate (sāl'ə-vāt')
v. sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing, sal·i·vates

  1. To secrete or produce saliva.

  2. To produce excessive salivation in.

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