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[jes-teyt] /ˈdʒɛs teɪt/
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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Examples from the web for gestating
  • She is understandably thrilled to have some time to focus on long-gestating projects.
  • He mentioned a mysterious, long-gestating film project that would bring viewers to an alien planet.
  • He had had this sort of long-gestating idea of doing some kind of mashup, he called it.
  • Major updates of existing materials on finishing and gestating swine are complete.
  • The project conducts research using bedded hoop barns for finishing swine, gestating swine, and market beef cattle.
  • Exercise increases bone density in the joints and limbs of gestating stall-housed gilts.
  • Providing sodium bicarbonate decreased the occurrence of stereotypic behavior and increased resting behavior in gestating sows.
  • That's reflected in the shed set aside for dry and gestating cows.
  • To compare the effects of group bedded hoop barn housing to individual crate confinement housing for gestating sows.
  • It is particularly important for sheep because it provides the minimum nutritional requirement for maintenance of gestating ewes.
British Dictionary definitions for gestating


(transitive) to carry (developing young) in the uterus during pregnancy
(transitive) to develop (a plan or idea) in the mind
(intransitive) to be in the process of gestating
Word Origin
C19: back formation from gestation
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Word Origin and History for gestating



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

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