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. verb
    produce saliva
    “We salivated when he described the great meal”
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    dribble, drivel, drool, slabber, slaver, slobber
    let saliva drivel from the mouth
    type of:
    act involuntarily, act reflexively
    act in an uncontrolled manner
  2. verb
    be envious, desirous, eager for, or extremely happy about something
    “She was salivating over the raise she anticipated”
    synonyms: drool
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    type of:
    wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
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