hibernate

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Etymology

From Latin hibernātus, from hibernō, from hībernus (winter).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt/

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hibernate (third-person singular simple present hibernates, present participle hibernating, simple past and past participle hibernated)

  1. (intransitive) To spend winter time in hibernation.
  2. (intransitive, computing) To enter a standby state which conserves power without losing the contents of memory.
    Your computer hibernates after it has been idle for the specified amount of time. — Microsoft Corp, Use Hibernate and Standby to Conserve Batteries (2001)

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Verb

hībernāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of hībernō