salivate

To salivate is to drool, or to produce saliva. People also figuratively salivate over things they desire.

There are two related types of salivating. The first is simple: when you salivate, you produce saliva in your mouth. People salivate when they smell something delicious cooking or are hungry. You can also describe someone as salivating — metaphorically — over an attractive woman, a handsome man, an expensive car, a high-paying job, or anything else that's desirable. You can also say that people drool over these things they want, although they’re not literally drooling.

Definitions of salivate
1

v produce saliva

“We salivated when he described the great meal”
Types:
dribble, drivel, drool, slabber, slaver, slobber
let saliva drivel from the mouth
Type of:
act involuntarily, act reflexively
act in an uncontrolled manner

v be envious, desirous, eager for, or extremely happy about something

“She was salivating over the raise she anticipated”
Synonyms:
drool
Type of:
covet
wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)

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