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

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James Gray’s long-gestating awards prospective space drama Ad Astra has finally launched its first trailer into orbit. Joey Nolfi,, "Watch Brad Pitt zip through space in first Ad Astra trailer," 5 June 2019 While Claudia is gestating and Luis is tinkering, the scene often shifts to a chorus of six women, with cutesy names like Walnut, Apple, Grapefruit, among others. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In Centuries-Spanning ‘Bump,’ It’s Always Labor Day," 17 May 2018 Rambin and her fellow actors are motivating each other to finally get their long-gestating projects off the ground by raising the stakes. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leven Rambin Won't Let Her Moment Pass Her By," 28 Sep. 2018 But today Supercell is announcing that Brawl Stars’ long-gestating global launch is happening soon, on both iOS and Android, with pre-registration starting now. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon," 14 Nov. 2018 After 11 to 12 months gestating, sloths enter this world with their eyes open, all their teeth intact, and their claws fully grown. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Baby Sloth Born at Zoo Atlanta," 8 Nov. 2018 Forget final season spoilers, because a long-gestating Game of Thrones mystery has been solved. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Maisie Williams Finally Set the Record Straight on How to Pronounce Arya Stark's Name," 18 Oct. 2018 Blum is discussing who will play the villain opposite Jamie Foxx in Spawn, a long-gestating project that Blumhouse announced that morning. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "How Producer Jason Blum is Disrupting Hollywood," 16 July 2018 Throughout the occupation, Quinn and O’Hara held dueling press conferences and radio broadcasts, gestating additional libel suits and another arrest of O’Hara. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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