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 .
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.
/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
v.

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

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