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hibernate

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Animals, Biology
hibernatehi‧ber‧nate /ˈhaɪbəneɪt $ -ər-/ verb [intransitive]  HBASLEEPif an animal hibernates, it sleeps for the whole winterhibernation /ˌhaɪbəˈneɪʃən $ -bər-/ noun [uncountable]
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hibernateOne was already examining log crevices at the cabin, perhaps looking for a place to hibernate.In fact, the ability to hibernate bestowed an ingenious advantage on many creatures.The small mammals alive at this time did not hibernate, but had insulating fur and could burrow underground.This is when the pilots who have been hibernating during the winter months get their gliders out and start flying again.Woodchucks, like many other ground squirrels, hibernate in their underground burrows where they are thought to sleep away the winter.He had thought that a hibernating man showed no sign of life, but now he knew that this was wrong.Few people look at the bright side of impromptu, outdoor conversations with hibernating neighbors.Amphibians may have survived because of their ability to hibernate or to enter a state of torpor.
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Verb table
hibernate
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyhibernate
he, she, ithibernates
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhibernated
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave hibernated
he, she, ithas hibernated
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad hibernated
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill hibernate
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have hibernated
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam hibernating
he, she, itis hibernating
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you, we, theyare hibernating
Past
I, he, she, itwas hibernating
you, we, theywere hibernating
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been hibernating
he, she, ithas been hibernating
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been hibernating
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be hibernating
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been hibernating
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