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incubate (verb) hatch.
When a bird incubates, it hatches young ones out of its eggs. It sits on the eggs to produce warmth until the young ones come out of the eggs. The eggs are then incubated or hatched. To keep cells, bacteria, etc., at a suitable temperature in an incubator so that they develop, and can be studied, is to incubate them. An infectious disease incubates in a personís body if it develops in their body until its symptoms appear.
- The Bible says that God in the form of a dove sat on the sphere of the universe and hatched the worlds out of it.
- The former set apart 40% of the eggs for sale and the rest to incubate into chicks. Unfortunately, however, some of the eggs were rotten before they could be hatched.