incubate incubate  /ˈɪnkjə ˌbeɪt/


  1. (v) grow under conditions that promote development
  2. (v) sit on (eggs)


Derived Word(s)


  1. He wanted to build a website that would incubate new television shows better than the networks.
  2. Locker rooms can incubate the bug.
  3. Outbreaks incubate among children in schools, then spread to the community when those kids go home.


  • Frogs discovered by Darwin are in steep decline

    By Megan GannonLiveScienceSome of nature's most fascinating fathers may be at risk of extinction.Male Darwin's frogs swallow their offspring in the tadpole stage, incubate their young in their vocal sacs, and eventually spit out fully developed froglets. Along with seahorses, the frogs are thought to be the only known living vertebrates in which dads take on baby-carrying duties with special ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS


  1. Jim Jagielski, chairman of the ASF, said in a statement, "sponsoring the ASF helps us grow existing projects, incubate new initiatives, promote community development, host user events, expand our outreach, and provide the infrastructure that keeps...
    on Jan 12, 2010 By: Jim Jagielski Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. "I think it's sort of the logic by which Time magazine gave birth to Sports Illustrated and People, and it's the idea that you can incubate a magazine within another magazine," said Weisberg, who was editor of Slate magazine before being named...
    on Jun 4, 2008 By: Jacob Weisberg Source: Reuters

  3. "We're sorry to see Clif Bar go," said Mayor Tom Bates. "We tried hard to keep them. But it seems to be Berkeley's role in life to incubate small companies and see them grow and then move elsewhere."
    on Aug 8, 2006 By: Tom Bates Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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