cerebrate

verb cer·e·brate \ ˈser-ə-ˌbrāt , ˈse-rə- \
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of cerebrate

cerebrated; cerebrating
: to use the mind : think

cerebration

play \ˌser-ə-ˈbrā-shən, ˈse-rə-\ noun

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When you think of the human brain, you might think of the cerebrum, the large, fissured upper portion of the brain that is recognized as the neural control center for thought and sensory perception. In 1853, Dr. William Carpenter thought of the cerebrum when he coined unconscious cerebration, a term describing the mental process by which people seem to do the right thing or come up with the right answer without conscious effort. People thought enough of Carpenter's coinage to use it as the basis of cerebrate, though the verb refers to active thinking rather than subconscious processing. Cerebrate, cerebrum, and the related adjective cerebral all derive from the Latin word for "brain," which is cerebrum.

Origin and Etymology of cerebrate

back-formation from cerebration, from cerebrum


Medical Dictionary

cerebrate

intransitive verb cer·e·brate \ ˈser-ə-ˌbrāt \

medical Definition of cerebrate

cerebrated; cerebrating
: to use the mind

cerebration

play \ˌser-ə-ˈbrā-shən\ noun

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