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hi·ber·nate

 (hī′bər-nāt′)
intr.v. hi·ber·nat·ed, hi·ber·nat·ing, hi·ber·nates
1. To be in a dormant or torpid state during a cold period, especially during the winter.
2. To be in an inactive or dormant state or period: "In Lawrenceville people hibernated and life passed them by" (Jacqueline Susann).

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

hi′ber·na′tion n.
hi′ber·na′tor n.

hibernate

(ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt)
vb (intr)
1. (Zoology) (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
[C19: from Latin hībernāre to spend the winter, from hībernus of winter, from hiems winter]
ˌhiberˈnation n
ˈhiberˌnator n

hi•ber•nate

(ˈhaɪ bərˌneɪt)

v.i. -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
1. to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals. Compare estivate.
2. to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.
[1795–1805; < Latin hībernātus, past participle of hībernāre to spend the winter, derivative of hibernus. See hibernal]
hi`ber•na′tion, n.
hi′ber•na`tor, n.

hibernate


Past participle: hibernated
Gerund: hibernating

Imperative
hibernate
hibernate
Present
I hibernate
you hibernate
he/she/it hibernates
we hibernate
you hibernate
they hibernate
Preterite
I hibernated
you hibernated
he/she/it hibernated
we hibernated
you hibernated
they hibernated
Present Continuous
I am hibernating
you are hibernating
he/she/it is hibernating
we are hibernating
you are hibernating
they are hibernating
Present Perfect
I have hibernated
you have hibernated
he/she/it has hibernated
we have hibernated
you have hibernated
they have hibernated
Past Continuous
I was hibernating
you were hibernating
he/she/it was hibernating
we were hibernating
you were hibernating
they were hibernating
Past Perfect
I had hibernated
you had hibernated
he/she/it had hibernated
we had hibernated
you had hibernated
they had hibernated
Future
I will hibernate
you will hibernate
he/she/it will hibernate
we will hibernate
you will hibernate
they will hibernate
Future Perfect
I will have hibernated
you will have hibernated
he/she/it will have hibernated
we will have hibernated
you will have hibernated
they will have hibernated
Future Continuous
I will be hibernating
you will be hibernating
he/she/it will be hibernating
we will be hibernating
you will be hibernating
they will be hibernating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hibernating
you have been hibernating
he/she/it has been hibernating
we have been hibernating
you have been hibernating
they have been hibernating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hibernating
you will have been hibernating
he/she/it will have been hibernating
we will have been hibernating
you will have been hibernating
they will have been hibernating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hibernating
you had been hibernating
he/she/it had been hibernating
we had been hibernating
you had been hibernating
they had been hibernating
Conditional
I would hibernate
you would hibernate
he/she/it would hibernate
we would hibernate
you would hibernate
they would hibernate
Past Conditional
I would have hibernated
you would have hibernated
he/she/it would have hibernated
we would have hibernated
you would have hibernated
they would have hibernated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.hibernate - sleep during winter; "Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves"
aestivate, estivate - sleep during summer; "certain animals estivate"
aestivate, estivate - sleep during summer; "certain animals estivate"
2.hibernate - be in an inactive or dormant state
rest - be inactive, refrain from acting; "The committee is resting over the summer"

hibernate

verb sleep, lie dormant, winter, overwinter, vegetate, remain torpid, sleep snug Dormice hibernate from October to May.
Translations
يٌسْبِتُ
přezimovat
gå i hiligge i dvale
téli álmot alszik
leggjast í dvala
miegoti žiemos miegužiemos miegas
atrasties ziemas guļā
prezimovať
kış uykusuna yatmak

hibernate

[ˈhaɪbəneɪt] VIhibernar, invernar

hibernate

[ˈhaɪbərneɪt] vihiberner

hibernate

hibernate

[ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt] viandare in letargo, ibernare

hibernate

(ˈhaibəneit) verb
(of certain animals, eg hedgehogs) to pass the winter in a condition like sleep.
ˌhiberˈnation noun
References in classic literature ?
For the rest of the time there was nothing to do but hibernate in his log cabin.
Only bat species that hibernate are known to be affected by WNS, including such species as the little brown, big brown, tri-colored, northern long-eared, and eastern small-footed bats all found in Delaware.
A Not every species of tortoise needs to hibernate during the winter, so it will depend which species you have.
Usually tortoises hibernate for up to a maximum of three months.
We dig three different burrows: one for our home, one to use as a hiding place from our enemies, and one to use when it's time to hibernate.
The shorter hibernating period was another threat which led to significant decline in the population of several species including marmots, chipmunks and brown bears, they said, adding that all these animals were either having shorter hibernating period or not hibernate at all due to global warming.
Species such as the Brimstone, Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoise-T shell hibernate over winter months.
Many kinds of bears hibernate to save energy during the cold season, when there isn't enough food to eat.
Q What is the difference between sleep, hibernate and shut down mode for my computer?
A Squirrels do not hibernate in the true sense of the word in the way that bats and dormice do.
However, it is the ability to hibernate that is possibly the most remarkable method animals use to survive the cold and sparse food supply of winter.
Some mammals will hibernate, with bats looking for warm, dry zones in tunnels or old ice houses, and hedgehogs squirrelling themselves away to survive the months when the insects they eat have either died out or gone into hiding.