verb (used with object), gestated, gestating.
to carry in the womb during the period from conception to delivery.
to think of and develop (an idea, opinion, plan, etc.) slowly in the mind.
verb (used without object), gestated, gestating.
to experience the process of gestating offspring.
to develop slowly.

1865–70; < Latin gestātus past participle of gestāre to carry about, carry in the womb, frequentative of gerere to bear, perform Unabridged
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gestate (ˈdʒɛsteɪt)
1.  (tr) to carry (developing young) in the uterus during pregnancy
2.  (tr) to develop (a plan or idea) in the mind
3.  (intr) to be in the process of gestating
[C19: back formation from gestation]

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Example sentences
E-mail took decades to gestate, but now many of us can't imagine life without it.
The eggs gestate for eighty days or so, hatching in late summer or early fall.
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