intransitive verb-·vat·ed, -·vat·ing
- to spend the summer
- to pass the summer in a dormant state, as snails
Origin of estivatefrom Classical Latin aestivatus, past participle of aestivare from aestas: see estival
intransitive verbes·ti·vat·ed, es·ti·vat·ing, es·ti·vates, also aes·ti·vat·ed or aes·ti·vat·ing or aes·ti·vates
- Zoology To be in a dormant or torpid state during a hot dry period, such as the summer months.
- To spend the summer, especially at a different place from one's usual residence.
Origin of estivateLatin aestīvāre aestīvāt- from aestīvus estival ; see estival .