Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To carry within the uterus from conception to delivery.
  • transitive v. To conceive and develop in the mind.
  • intransitive v. To gestate offspring.
  • intransitive v. To develop gradually.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To carry offspring in the uterus from conception to delivery.
  • v. To develop an idea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To carry in the womb during the natural period of fetal development; hence, figuratively, to form and gradually mature (some project) in the mind, to be brought forth in due time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be pregnant with
  • v. have the idea for

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from gestation.

Examples

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  • a bizarre new addition to corpspeak lexicon?

    Today in a meeting one of my coworkers said "Let's gestate this," as some kind of coda, tabling a discussion.

    Also: twitter spambots seem to have this word in heavy rotation at the moment: see Tweets

    May 3, 2013