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gestate

[jes-teyt] /ˈdʒɛs teɪt/
verb (used with object), gestated, gestating.
1.
to carry in the womb during the period from conception to delivery.
2.
to think of and develop (an idea, opinion, plan, etc.) slowly in the mind.
verb (used without object), gestated, gestating.
3.
to experience the process of gestating offspring.
4.
to develop slowly.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Latin gestātus past participle of gestāre to carry about, carry in the womb, frequentative of gerere to bear, perform
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for gestate

gestate

/ˈdʒɛsteɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to carry (developing young) in the uterus during pregnancy
2.
(transitive) to develop (a plan or idea) in the mind
3.
(intransitive) to be in the process of gestating
Word Origin
C19: back formation from gestation
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Word Origin and History for gestate
v.

1866, back-formation from gestation. Related: Gestated; gestating.

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