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English definition of “hibernate”


verb [I] uk   /ˈhaɪ.bə.neɪt/ us    /-bɚ-/
(of some animals) to spend the winter sleeping: The turtle hibernates in a shallow burrow for six months of the year.Animal (non-human) behaviourSleep and sleeping
noun [U] uk   /ˌhaɪ.bəˈneɪ.ʃən/ us    /-bɚ-/
Bears go into hibernation in the autumn.Animal (non-human) behaviourSleep and sleeping
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