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 That means people from the United States or China or Germany or Australia can go there and hire a local woman to gestate their child. Alison Motluk, The Atlantic, 1 Mar. 2022 And they were allowed to gestate for years, even decades, inside government agencies and corporate research labs before ultimately reaching mass adoption. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 And some ideas have to sit up here (pointing to the head) for a while to gestate and become ready and right. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Plays usually gestate slowly, so even the most topical ones will make references that are years out of date. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 11 Sep. 2021 The biggest space missions gestate for the longest time. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 11 June 2021 This may be because larger male fetuses are typically more taxing to gestate and trigger more inflammation in our bodies. Abigail Tucker, Washington Post, 6 May 2021 Malcolm, a first-time daddy, fathered two baby giraffes that were born within four days of one another at Zoo Miami. Giraffes, who gestate for about 15 months, rarely lie down during birth. Chris Perkins,, 6 Apr. 2021 In Illinois, a woman can rent out her uterus to gestate someone else’s baby, but in Michigan this is prohibited. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Gestate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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