gestation - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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/dʒeˈsteɪʃ(ə)n/
  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

derived word

gestate

 

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/dʒeˈsteɪt/
verb
present tense
I/you/we/theygestate
he/she/itgestates
present participlegestating
past tensegestated
past participlegestated