– verb (used with object)
to carry in the womb during the period from conception to delivery.
to think of and develop (an idea, opinion, plan, etc.) slowly in the mind.
– verb (used without object)
to experience the process of gestating offspring.
to develop slowly.
Origin: 1865–70; < L gestātus ptp. of gestāre to carry about, carry in the womb, freq. of gerere to bear, perform