gestation NOUN 1) the process of carrying or the state of being carried in the womb between conception and birth. 2) the development of a plan or idea over a period of time.
DERIVATIVES gestate verb.
ORIGIN Latin, from gestare 'carry, carry in the womb' .

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  • gestate — (v.) 1866, back formation from GESTATION (Cf. gestation). Related: Gestated; gestating …   Etymology dictionary

  • gestate — [jes′tāt΄] vt. gestated, gestating [back form. < GESTATION] to carry in the uterus during pregnancy …   English World dictionary

  • gestate — verb (gestated; gestating) Etymology: back formation from gestation Date: 1858 transitive verb 1. to carry in the uterus during pregnancy 2. to conceive and gradually develop in the mind intransitive verb to be in the process of gestation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • gestate — verb a) To carry offspring in the uterus from conception to delivery. b) To develop an idea. See Also: gestation …   Wiktionary

  • gestate — ges·tate jes .tāt vb, ges·tat·ed; ges·tat·ing vt to carry in the uterus during pregnancy vi to be in the process of gestation …   Medical dictionary

  • gestate — Synonyms and related words: author, be gravid, be knocked up, be pregnant, be with child, bear, beget, breed, bring about, bring forth, bring to effect, bring to pass, brood, carry, carry young, cause, conceive, cover, create, do, effect,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gestate — v. be pregnant, carry in the womb; conceive of and develop in the mind (i.e. a thought, idea, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gestate — ges·tate …   English syllables

  • gestate — See: gestation …   English dictionary

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