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Definition of "salivate" []

  • To secrete or produce saliva. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To be full of desire or eagerness for something: salivated at the idea of winning the lottery. (verb-intransitive)
  • To produce excessive salivation in. (verb-transitive)

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 "salivate" in a sentence
  • "Thus if the spoils of desktop browser wars was the soul of the Internet, then the coming war will be for the soft, pliant heart of the social web; it all comes down to distribution and sticky eyeballs synapsed to clicky-clicky fingers over which advertisers and their kin salivate and jerk off."
  • "“This expat Texan lovingly describes her quest to find and re-create the food she loves so much — BBQ, fried chicken, and Tex-Mex … and her post on classic Tex-Mex tacos made me salivate, which is what a good food blog should do.” —"
  • "Studio execs 'salivate' as the $15,000 horror film makes $7m on its opening weekend"