Meaning of hibernate

hi•ber•nate

Pronunciation: (hi'bur-nāt"), [key]
— -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
  1. to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals.
  2. to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.
  3. to winter in a place with a milder climate: Each winter finds us hibernating in Florida.
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