- to develop an idea
- 1986, David Leavitt, The Lost Language of Cranes, Penguin, paperback edition, page 112
- Philip wondered at that five-year gap. Perhaps it simply proved that a work of genius takes longer to gestate than a work of mere competent brilliance.
author, be gravid, be knocked up, be pregnant, be with child, bear, beget, breed, bring about, bring forth, bring to effect, bring to pass, brood, carry, carry young, cause, conceive, cover, create, do, effect, effectuate, engender, establish, father, found, generate, give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, hatch, inaugurate, incubate, institute, make, occasion, originate, produce, realize, set, set afloat, set on foot, set up, sire, sit, work
- vocative masculine singular of gestātus