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English definition of “gestation”

gestation

noun [U] uk   /dʒesˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  

gestation noun [U] (BABY)

specialized biology (the period of) the development of a child or young animal while it is still inside its mother's body: The baby was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation. The period of gestation of rats is 21 days.

gestation noun [U] (IDEA)

(the period of) the development of ideas, thoughts, or plans: The project had a very long gestation period.
gestate
verb [I] uk   /-ˈteɪt/ us  
(Definition of gestation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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