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Definition of "gestate" [gestate]

  • To carry within the uterus from conception to delivery. (verb-transitive)
  • To conceive and develop in the mind. (verb-transitive)
  • To gestate offspring. (verb-intransitive)
  • To develop gradually. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gestate" in a sentence
  • "He says, every year I get a year to kind of gestate that year."
  • "The fruitcakes gestate side-by-side in the extra refrigerator in my garage."
  • "We allowed the sin of that terrible family to gestate in this community, and Brucie paid for it."