gestate

verb

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

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 One study in the 1990s, for example, found that female mouse pups that had developed between two males were much less sensitive to BPA compared with female pups that had gestated between two other females. Jon Hamilton, NPR, 9 Apr. 2024 While Nirvana’s third album, In Utero, was still gestating, Newsweek ran a piece alleging that DGC was unhappy with it. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2024 The trailer, premiering exclusively with Entertainment Weekly, offers the first extended look at the period piece, which has been gestating with its director for nearly 20 years. Mike Miller, EW.com, 2 Apr. 2024 It’s taken an age to get the gang back together—the follow-up film has long been gestating, and after production finally began, it was paused over the summer of 2023 as a result of the SAG-AFTRA strike. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2024 Although Beyoncé released the song during Super Bowl LVIII in February, the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit has been gestating for about two years. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 7 Mar. 2024 The ruling, treating an embryo the same as a child or gestating fetus under the wrongful death statute, raised concerns about civil liabilities for clinics. Kim Chandler, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Mar. 2024 And gestating females from the third generation were exposed to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, also known as DDT. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 2 Feb. 2024 Arad is also reportedly involved in the gestating Metal Gear film. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 7 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from gestation

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gestate was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Gestate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gestate. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

gestate

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

transitive verb

: to carry in the uterus during pregnancy

intransitive verb

: to be in the process of gestation
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