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VERB (2)

1. grow under conditions that promote development;

2. sit on (eggs);
- Example: "Birds brood"
- Example: "The female covers the eggs"
[syn: brood, hatch, cover, incubate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Incubate \In"cu*bate\, v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. Incubated; p. pr. & vb. n. Incubating.] [L. incubatus, p. p. incubare to lie on; pref. in- in, on + cubare to lie down. Cf. Cubit, Incumbent.] 1. To sit, as on eggs for hatching; to brood; to brood upon, or keep warm, as eggs, for the purpose of hatching. [1913 Webster] 2. To maintain (a living organism, such as microorganisms or a premature baby) under appropriate conditions, such as of temperature, humidity, or atmospheric composition, for growth; as, coliform bacteria grow best when incubated at 37[deg] C.. [PJC] 3. To develop gradually in some interior environment, until fully formed; as, the ideas for his book were incubating for two years before he began to write. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

incubate v 1: grow under conditions that promote development 2: sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs" [syn: brood, hatch, cover, incubate]