Word forms: salivates
1. verb When people or animals salivate, they produce a lot of saliva in their mouth, often as a result of seeing or smelling food. [V] ⇒ Any dog will salivate when presented with food. salivation (sælɪveɪʃən
) uncountable noun ⇒ ...night sweats and excessive perspiration or salivation. 2. verb If you say that someone is salivating over something such as the chance to make a lot of money, you are emphasizing that you disapprove of their pleasure or eagerness. [disapproval] [V over/at n] ⇒ Johnson was salivating over the millions he stood to make. [V over/at n] ⇒ American companies were salivating at the juicy contracts for rebuilding Kuwait that were likely to come their way.
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