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incubateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈɪŋ.kjʊ.beɪt/
When a ​bird, etc. incubates ​itseggs, it ​keeps them ​warm until the ​young come out, and when ​eggs incubate, they ​develop to the ​stage at which the ​young come out: The ​femalebird incubates the ​eggs for about 16 ​days.
When ​harmfulbacteria or ​viruses incubate, or when a ​person or ​animal incubates them, they ​increase in ​size or ​number in the person's or animal's ​body but do not ​yetproduce the ​effects of ​disease.
incubation
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌɪŋ.kjʊˈbeɪ.ʃən/
The incubation periodvariesdepending on the ​time of ​year when the ​eggs were ​laid. In ​smallpox, there is an incubation period of 8–18 ​days between ​initialinfection and first ​symptoms.
(Definition of incubate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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incubateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈɪŋ·kjəˌbeɪt, ˈɪn-/
to ​keep something ​warm, causing it to ​develop, esp. to ​keepeggswarm until the ​young are ​born: Condors incubate only one ​egg and ​raise one ​chick at a ​time. Lyme ​disease is caused by ​bacteria that incubate in ​forestanimals, such as ​mice.
(Definition of incubate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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