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hibernating

verb

  1. (sleep)  to sleep during winter
    Synonyms: hole up. Type of: sleep
  2. (rest)  to be in an inactive or dormant state
    Type of: rest

adjective

Etymology summary

Latin hibernatus, past participle of hibernare, to pass the winter from...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Hibernation

a state of inactivity and metabolic depression in endotherms. Hibernation refers to a season of heterothermy that is characterized by low body temperature, slow breathing and heart rate, and low metabolic rate. Although traditionally reserved for... (36 of 2317 words, 2 images)

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Merriam-Webster:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernation [noun, related] | hibernator [noun, related]

to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state | to be or become inactive or dormant (17 of 77 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

hibernate [intransitive] | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present] | hibernation [noun, uncountable, related]

if an animal hibernates, it sleeps through the winter months | [computing] if a computer hibernates, its operating system closes down automatically ... (21 of 67 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle]

to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals. | to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire. | to ... (25 of 50 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hibernate

American Heritage Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present] | hibernation [noun, related] | hibernator [noun, related]

To pass the winter in a dormant or torpid state. | To be in an inactive or dormant state or period. (20 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernation [noun, related] | hibernator [noun, related]

to spend the winter in a dormant state (8 of 47 words, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present] | hybernate [sense-specific] | aestivate [antonym, sense-specific] | estivate [antonym, sense-specific]

[intransitive] To spend winter time in hibernation. | [intransitive, computing] To enter a standby state which conserves power without losing the contents of memory. (23 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Collins Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernation [noun, derived]

(of some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) to pass the winter in a dormant condition with metabolism greatly slowed down | to cease from activity (23 of 502 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hibernate

Oxford Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernation [derived] | hibernator [derived]

(of an animal or plant) spend the winter in a dormant state | [persons] remain inactive or indoors for an extended period (21 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hibernate

Cambridge Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernation [noun, derived]

(of some animals) to spend the winter sleeping (8 of 36 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present]

to be in a dormant state resembling sleep over the winter while living off ... | to become less active, especially by staying at home rather than ... (26 of 112 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617791​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle]

Origin: Latin hibernatus, past participle of hibernare, to pass the winter from hibernus, wintry from Indo-European *ĝheimerinos ... (16 of 29 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle]

First use: about 1802

Origin: 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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Oxford Dictionary:

hibernate

First use: early 19th century

Origin: (earlier (mid 17th century) as hibernation): from Latin hibernare, from hiberna "winter quarters", from hibernus "wintry"

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Collins Dictionary:

hibernate

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Latin hībernāre to spend the winter, from hībernus of winter, from hiems winter

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American Heritage Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin hībernāre, hībernāt-, to winter, from hībernus, relating to winter; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.

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Wiktionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin hibernatus, from hibernō, from hībernus ("winter").

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Encarta Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 19th century

Origin: Latin hibernat-, past participle of hibernare from hiberna "winter quarters" from hibernus "wintry"

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Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

hibernating

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hibernate

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Collins Dictionary:

hibernate

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

hibernate [intransitive] | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hibernate"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

hibernate [intransitive] | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hibernate"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

hibernate

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "hibernate"

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Google Dictionary:

hibernate | hibernated [past tense] | hibernating [present participle] | hibernates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "hibernate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

hibernate

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YourDictionary Audio:

hibernate

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