[ jes-teyt ]
/ ˈdʒɛs teɪt /
See synonyms for: gestate / gestated / gestates / gestating on

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.



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Origin of gestate

First recorded in 1865–70; from Latin gestātus, past participle of gestāre “to carry about, carry in the womb,” frequentative of gerere “to bear, perform” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for gestate

  • They gestate in the minds of viewers or listeners or readers.

  • We're fighting for time—time for Charlie and his gang to crack the puzzle, time for the Grdznth girls to gestate.

    PRoblem|Alan Edward Nourse
  • Thus preparing the upper crust of our earth as a "placenta" ready to gestate plant and animal life.

    The Brain|Alexander Blade

British Dictionary definitions for gestate

/ (ˈdʒɛsteɪt) /


(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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