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Meaning of gestate

ges•tate

Pronunciation: (jes'tāt), [key]
— v., -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
—v.t.
  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.
—v.i.
  1. to experience the process of gestating offspring.
  2. to develop slowly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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