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incubate

in·cu·bate

incubate

 
pronunciation:
Ingk y beIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: incubated, incubates, incubating
definition 1: to keep (eggs) warm until time to hatch.
definition 2: to provide ideal conditions for the growth and development of (a prematurely born child or a bacterial culture).
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to keep eggs warm until they hatch.
definition 2: to undergo development by incubation.
definition 3: to mature and hatch.
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derivation: incubative (adj.)
Word History
Incubate comes from incubare, a Latin word that means "to lie on." A hen lies on its eggs to keep them warm enough for growth and life to continue.
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