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verb [intransitive/transitive]     incubate pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleincubating
past tenseincubated
past participleincubated
  1. 1
    biology if a bird incubates its eggs, or if they incubate, it keeps them warm until the young birds inside come out
    1. a.
      if you incubate cells or microorganisms, or if they incubate, they are kept at a particular temperature so that they will grow
  2. 2
    medical if you incubate a disease, or if it incubates, it develops inside your body until it becomes noticeable
  3. 3
    if you incubate an idea or a plan, or if it incubates, it develops gradually

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     incubation pronunciation in British English
/ˌɪŋkjʊˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]

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