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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hibernate mean? 

  The verb HIBERNATE has 2 senses:

1. sleep during winter
2. be in an inactive or dormant state

  Familiarity information: HIBERNATE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1hibernate [BACK TO TOP]


Sleep during winter

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


hibernate; hole up

Context example:

Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves

Hypernyms (to "hibernate" is one way to...):

catch some Z's; kip; log Z's; sleep; slumber (be asleep)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


aestivate; estivate (sleep during summer)

Sense 2hibernate [BACK TO TOP]


Be in an inactive or dormant state

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "hibernate" is one way to...):

rest (be inactive, refrain from acting)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

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