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verb [intransitive] hibernate pronunciation in American English /ˈhaɪbərˌneɪt/
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present tense
present participlehibernating
past tensehibernated
past participlehibernated
  1. 1
    if an animal hibernates, it sleeps through the winter
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  2. 2
    computing if a computer hibernates, its operating system closes down automatically when the computer is not being used, although the computer itself remains switched on

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 hibernate pronunciation in American English /ˌhaɪbərˈneɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]
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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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