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verb (used without object), hibernated, hibernating.
Zoology. 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.
verb (intransitive)
(of some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) to pass the winter in a dormant condition with metabolism greatly slowed down Compare aestivate
to cease from activity


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