[ es-tuh-veyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
1620-30; Latin in the sense "pass the summer," from aestivat-, from aestivare "spend the summer," from aestus "heat"
  • idle
  • laze
  • rest
  • relax
  • tarry
  • furlough
  • hang about
  • chill
  • kick around
  • loaf
  • malinger
  • lounge
  • hustle
  • moil
  • grind
  • toil
  • travail
  • exert
  • labor
  • work
  • buckle down
1. in zoology, to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state; as seen in certain reptiles, snails, insects, and small mammals
2. to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity
1. A) In the summer, some rodents may estivate due to the increase in temperatures. B) If you notice that there is a decrease in animals out during the summer, it's probably because many of them estivate.
2. A) She hadn't seen him in months, not since he decided to estivate in England with his family. B) He decided to estivate in Africa, ostensibly for a volunteer program.
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