Definition of gestate
1 : to carry in the uterus during pregnancy
2 : to conceive and gradually develop in the mind
: to be in the process of gestation
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The long-gestating Dirty Dancing musical premiered on ABC to a so-so 1.3 rating in the key demo and 6.6 million viewers.
Jennifer gives birth to a freak child that takes almost two years to gestate, has two genetic fathers, and possesses telekinetic powers.
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Origin and Etymology of gestate
back-formation from gestation
First Known Use: 1858
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