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Definition of "hibernate" []

  • To pass the winter in a dormant or torpid state. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be in an inactive or dormant state or period. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hibernate" in a sentence
  • "Waking from hibernate is quick, just 10 seconds on a modern laptop."
  • "The fall and winter, when my mood can sometimes be uneven and I seem to want to hibernate, is not the time to try to get cover model abs."
  • "In fact, this instinct to hibernate is exactly why we should gather together, celebrating life and family and togetherness, thinking about the best of the year gone past and making plans for the one to come."