Variant of incubate
- to sit on and hatch (eggs)
- to keep (eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc.) in a favorable environment for hatching or developing
- to cause to develop or take form, as by thought or planning
Origin: < L incubatus, pp. of incubare, to lie in or upon < in-, in- + cubare, to lie: see cube
- to go through the process of incubation
- to develop or take form, esp. gradually
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