ges·​tate | \ ˈje-ˌstāt How to pronounce gestate (audio) \
gestated; gestating

Definition of gestate

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

Examples of gestate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twitter did as Twitter does best, gestating memes from their templated beginnings and propelling them into ubiquity, before calcifying them down with millennials' classic, ironic acid until the posts emptily drift through the cybersphere. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Rewrites History with "Gonna Tell my Kids" Memes," 21 Nov. 2019 The appeal of Murphy’s long-gestating vehicle couldn’t be simpler: By playing a real underdog who became a huge influence on countless rappers and comics coming up behind him, Murphy is once again in comfortable, confident performance territory. Michael Phillips,, "‘Dolemite is My Name’ review: Eddie Murphy triumphs, and a blaxploitation star rises again," 8 Oct. 2019 In addition to writing and directing the long-gestating film, Norton stars as a private investigator with Tourette syndrome who works to solve the murder of his mentor. Rebecca Rubin,, "Box office: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ fizzles with $29 million debut," 4 Nov. 2019 Johansson spoke out publicly about pressuring the studio to finally greenlight the long-gestating project and get the movie right. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Breaking Down the First Black Widow Trailer," 3 Dec. 2019 Beverly Hills Cop 4, the long-gestating sequel to Eddie Murphy‘s cop-comedy movies, has been given new life, thanks to a deal between Paramount and Netflix that gives the streaming company license to develop the film, EW has learned. Nick Romano,, "Beverly Hills Cop 4 with Eddie Murphy heads to Netflix," 14 Nov. 2019 Pavlovich's gambit to collaborate on Scorsese's long-gestating passion project, a slow-burning period drama with a two-and-a-half-hour running time, was risky to say the least. John Hecht, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Producer Gaston Pavlovich Risked Everything to Work with Martin Scorsese," 16 Nov. 2019 Dwayne Johnson‘s long-gestating Black Adam project finally has a release date — and a striking new image of Johnson as the mythic DC Comics character. Chancellor Agard,, "Dwayne Johnson reveals Black Adam release date and striking concept art," 14 Nov. 2019 On Friday, his long-gestating Motherless Brooklyn at last arrives. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian, "Edward Norton on Why He Placed ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ in Robert Moses’ New York," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gestate

1858, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for gestate

back-formation from gestation

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The first known use of gestate was in 1858

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5 Jan 2020

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“Gestate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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ges·​tate | \ ˈjes-ˌtāt How to pronounce gestate (audio) \
gestated; gestating

Medical Definition of gestate

transitive verb

: to carry in the uterus during pregnancy

intransitive verb

: to be in the process of gestation

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