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[in-kyuh-beyt, ing-] /ˈɪn kyəˌbeɪt, ˈɪŋ-/

verb (used with object), incubated, incubating.
to sit upon (eggs) for the purpose of hatching.
to hatch (eggs), as by sitting upon them or by artificial heat.
to maintain at a favorable temperature and in other conditions promoting development, as cultures of bacteria or prematurely born infants.
to develop or produce as if by hatching; give form to:
His brain was incubating schemes for raising money.
verb (used without object), incubated, incubating.
to sit upon eggs.
to undergo .
to develop; grow; take form:
A plan was slowly incubating in her mind.
(of birds) to supply (eggs) with heat for their development, esp by sitting on them
to cause (eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc) to develop, esp in an incubator or culture medium
(intransitive) (of eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc) to develop in favourable conditions, esp in an incubator
(intransitive) (of disease germs) to remain inactive in an animal or human before causing disease
to develop or cause to develop gradually; foment or be fomented

1640s, “to brood upon, watch jealously” (which also was a figurative sense of Latin incubare); 1721 as “to sit on eggs to hatch them,” from Latin incubatus, past participle of incubare “to lie in or upon” (see incubation). Related: Incubated; incubating.

incubate in·cu·bate (ĭn’kyə-bāt’, ĭng’-)
v. in·cu·bat·ed, in·cu·bat·ing, in·cu·bates


incubate verb


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