incubate

/ˈɪŋkjəˌbeɪt/

  • Verb
  • to sit on eggs so that they will be kept warm and will hatch
    1. The female bird incubates the eggs.
  • to be kept warm before hatching
    1. The eggs need to incubate for two weeks.
  • to keep (something) in the proper conditions for development
    1. Researchers incubated the cells in the laboratory.
    2. The cultures must incubate for five more days.
    3. The virus will incubate in the body for several days before the patient experiences any symptoms.
    4. The plan had been incubating [=developing] in his mind for several weeks.

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