verb (used with object), ges·tat·ed, ges·tat·ing.
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), ges·tat·ed, ges·tat·ing.
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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Contemporary Examples of gestate
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Historical Examples of gestate
(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
Word Origin for gestate
C19: back formation from gestation
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1866, back-formation from gestation. Related: Gestated; gestating.
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