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Definition of salivate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

salivate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsælɪveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælɪveɪt//
 
[intransitive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they salivate
BrE BrE//ˈsælɪveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælɪveɪt//
 
he / she / it salivates
BrE BrE//ˈsælɪveɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælɪveɪts//
 
past simple salivated
BrE BrE//ˈsælɪveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælɪveɪtɪd//
 
past participle salivated
BrE BrE//ˈsælɪveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælɪveɪtɪd//
 
-ing form salivating
BrE BrE//ˈsælɪveɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælɪveɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to produce more saliva in your mouth than usual, especially when you see or smell food (figurative) He was salivating over the thought of the million dollars. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin salivat- ‘(having) produced saliva’, from the verb salivare, from saliva.
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