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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.
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Aquatic frogs like the American bullfrog take the simple route: they hibernate underwater.
There is little to indicate where Glis hibernate relative to their summer range.
And it means the work at Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire, is off until spring as the dormice hibernate their way through the winter months.
For example, last year the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries used funds to search for bats hibernating in rock rubble because Maine has only a handful of caves and mines where bats hibernate. This year they plan to expand the search to wells after talking with their counterparts to the northeast on Prince Edward Island, where bats commonly hibernate in wells.
'Bears hibernate for up to seven months,' wrote Bogart the Explorer (@BogartDexplorer).
First, females that had young during the summer hibernate. Males join later and young ones are the last to sleep.
To survive winter, droughts and other natural events, they either hibernate, migrate or repopulate.
Let him hibernate in Canada, his adopted mother country.