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Incubate   Listen
verb
Incubate  v. i. & v. t.  (past & past part. incubated; pres. part. incubating)  
1.
To sit, as on eggs for hatching; to brood; to brood upon, or keep warm, as eggs, for the purpose of hatching.
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° C..
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.






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