- 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.
- to experience the process of gestating offspring.
- to develop slowly.
Origin of gestate
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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Examples from the Web for gestate
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- (tr) to carry (developing young) in the uterus during pregnancy
- (tr) to develop (a plan or idea) in the mind
- (intr) to be in the process of gestating
C19: back formation from gestation
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Word Origin and History for gestate
1866, back-formation from gestation. Related: Gestated; gestating.
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