Incubate meaning

ĭnkyə-bāt, ĭng-
To sit on (eggs) to provide heat, so as to promote embryonic development and the hatching of young; brood.
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To undergo incubation.
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To cause to develop or take form, as by thought or planning.
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To incubate metaphorically; to ponder an idea slowly and deliberately as if in preparation for hatching it.
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To be infected with (a pathogen) before manifesting signs or symptoms of an infectious disease.
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To form or consider slowly and protectively, as if hatching.

Incubated the idea for a while, then announced it.

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To brood eggs.
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To develop and hatch.
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To sit on and hatch (eggs)
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To keep (eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc.) in a favorable environment for hatching or developing.
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To go through the process of incubation.
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To develop or take form, esp. gradually.
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To sit on eggs to provide heat, so as to promote embryonic development and the hatching of young; brood.
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To be infected with a pathogen before manifesting signs or symptoms of an infectious disease.
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To brood, raise, or maintain eggs, organisms, or living tissue through the provision of ideal environmental conditions.
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Origin of incubate

  • Latin incubāre incubāt- to lie down on in- on in–2 cubāre to lie down

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin incubatus, past participle of incubare (“to hatch”), from Latin in- (“on”) and cubare (“to lie”).

    From Wiktionary