gestate

It's unclear just how long it took for the idea for the website to gestate. Did he think of it right away, or did it take months for him to come up with the idea?

When something is gestating, it's literally in the womb, developing into whatever it will be when it's finally born. Other things besides living organisms can gestate, however. Frequently, gestate is used to refer to ideas and plans while they're in the development phase. The idea for a new way to market music to a generation of kids who expect it to be free was gestating for years before iTunes was launched. A gestation period is the time it takes for something to be born. Humans, for example, gestate for nine months.

Definitions of gestate
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v be pregnant with

Synonyms:
bear, carry, expect, have a bun in the oven
bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born
expect
look forward to the birth of a child
Type of:
bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born

v have the idea for

Synonyms:
conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize
Types:
design
conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
preconceive
conceive beforehand
discover, find
make a discovery, make a new finding
Type of:
create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

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