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es·ti·vate

also aes·ti·vate (ĕs′tə-vāt′)
intr.v. es·ti·vat·ed, es·ti·vat·ing, es·ti·vates also aes·ti·vat·ed or aes·ti·vat·ing or aes·ti·vates
1. Zoology To be in a dormant or torpid state during a hot dry period, such as the summer months.
2. To spend the summer, especially at a different place from one's usual residence.

[Latin aestīvāre, aestīvāt-, from aestīvus, estival; see estival.]

estivate

(ˈiːstɪˌveɪt; ˈɛs-)
vb
(intr) the usual US spelling of aestivate
ˈestiˌvator n

es•ti•vate

(ˈɛs təˌveɪt)

v.i. -vat•ed, -vat•ing.
1. to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity.
2. to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, as certain reptiles, snails, insects, and small mammals. Compare hibernate.
[1620–30; < Latin aestīvātus, past participle of aestīvāre to reside during the summer]
es′ti•va`tor, n.

estivate


Past participle: estivated
Gerund: estivating

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
I estivated
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Present Continuous
I am estivating
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Present Perfect
I have estivated
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Past Continuous
I was estivating
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Past Perfect
I had estivated
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Future
I will estivate
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Future Perfect
I will have estivated
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Future Continuous
I will be estivating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been estivating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been estivating
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he/she/it will have been estivating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been estivating
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Conditional
I would estivate
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Past Conditional
I would have estivated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.estivate - sleep during summerestivate - sleep during summer; "certain animals estivate"
hibernate, hole up - sleep during winter; "Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves"
References in classic literature ?
At first it looked like a vast blue fort or Valhalla; but when they began to tuck the coarse meadow hay into the crevices, and this became covered with rime and icicles, it looked like a venerable moss-grown and hoary ruin, built of azure-tinted marble, the abode of Winter, that old man we see in the almanac -- his shanty, as if he had a design to estivate with us.
Whether a species migrates or estivates is likely to be influenced by its ability to migrate overland as well as its ability to withstand prolonged periods without food and water (Ligon and Peterson, 2002; Winne et al.
Its home is an area of highland streams that go dry in the summer, when the newt estivates.