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gestate

[jes-teyt]
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verb (used with object), ges·tat·ed, ges·tat·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), ges·tat·ed, ges·tat·ing.
  1. to experience the process of gestating offspring.
  2. to develop slowly.
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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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  • Thus preparing the upper crust of our earth as a "placenta" ready to gestate plant and animal life.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for gestate

gestate

verb
  1. (tr) to carry (developing young) in the uterus during pregnancy
  2. (tr) to develop (a plan or idea) in the mind
  3. (intr) to be in the process of gestating
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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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