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hibernate

hi·ber·nate

hibernate

 
 
pronunciation:
haI br neIt
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: hibernated, hibernates, hibernating
definition 1: to remain dormant over the winter in a den or burrow so as to conserve energy, as bears and other animals.
Snakes in this region hibernate during the cold months.
similar words:
sleep
definition 2: to be inactive or in seclusion.
After being hounded by the press, the actress has now gone to an island retreat to hibernate.
derivations: hibernation (n.), hibernator (n.)
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