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noun [uncountable]     gestation pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    biology the time during which a human or animal baby develops inside its mother, or the process by which this happens
    gestation period (=the time gestation takes):

    Human infants have a gestation period of nine months.

  2. 2
    the development in your mind of an idea or plan, before you talk about it to other people

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     gestate pronunciation in British English
/dʒeˈsteɪt/ verb
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegestating
past tensegestated
past participlegestated


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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