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v. ges·tat·ed, ges·tat·ing, ges·tates
1. To carry within the uterus from conception to delivery.
2. To conceive and develop in the mind.
1. To gestate offspring.
2. To develop gradually.
[Back-formation from gestation.]
1. (Biology) (tr) to carry (developing young) in the uterus during pregnancy
2. (tr) to develop (a plan or idea) in the mind
3. (Biology) (intr) to be in the process of gestating
[C19: back formation from gestation]
v. -tat•ed, -tat•ing. v.t.
1. to carry in the womb during the period from the initiation of the pregnancy to delivery.
2. to think of and develop (an idea, opinion, or plan) slowly in the mind.v.i.
3. to experience the process of gestating offspring.
4. to develop slowly.
[1865–70; < Latin gestātus, past participle of gestāre to carry about, carry in the womb, frequentative of gerere to bear, perform]
ges•ta′tion•al, ges•ta•tive (ˈdʒɛs tə tɪv, dʒɛˈsteɪ-) adj.
Past participle: gestated
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|Verb||1.||gestate - have the idea for; "He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients"; "This library was well conceived"|
design - conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
preconceive - conceive beforehand; "a preconceived notion"
|2.||gestate - be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"|
expect - look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March"