cog·​i·​tate | \ ˈkä-jə-ˌtāt How to pronounce cogitate (audio) \
cogitated; cogitating

Definition of cogitate

transitive verb

: to ponder or meditate on usually intently cogitating the possible consequences of my decision

intransitive verb

: to meditate deeply or intently cogitating on her career plans cogitated on what would be the right thing to do

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think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions. teaches students how to think cogitate implies deep or intent thinking. cogitated on the mysteries of nature reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind. reflecting on fifty years of married life reason stresses consecutive logical thinking. able to reason brilliantly in debate speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic. speculated on the fate of the lost explorers deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision. the jury deliberated for five hours

Examples of cogitate in a Sentence

I was cogitating about my chances of failing. by the time he finishes cogitating what to do with his life, it'll be almost over
Recent Examples on the Web Dyson presents mathematical arguments that these beings can, through shrewd conservation of energy, maintain the resources needed to survive, cogitate and communicate in an eternally expanding cosmos. John Horgan, Scientific American, 16 June 2021 As his characters cogitate and self-medicate, scheme and philosophize, his subject is less the content of their thoughts than the mind contemplating itself. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Jermaine uncovers America's obsession with capitalism and its cogitating impact on his everyday decision making, as well as those around him. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2018 Penrose believes that Hawking's condition has forced him to work more creatively, to take imaginative leaps where someone with a less uncertain future might want to cogitate a little longer. Jerry Adler, Newsweek, 14 Mar. 2018 But Long, one of the revelers, (Ensemble regular James Rankin, always terrific) has been cogitating, too -- about their lot in life. Andrea Simakis,, 9 Dec. 2017 But their arguments sustain this 95-minute, intermissionless play and send us away cogitating. By Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, 21 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of cogitate

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for cogitate

Latin cogitatus, past participle of cogitare to think, think about, from co- + agitare to drive, agitate

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“Cogitate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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cog·​i·​tate | \ ˈkä-jə-ˌtāt How to pronounce cogitate (audio) \
cogitated; cogitating

Kids Definition of cogitate

: to think over : ponder The book left her cogitating about the author's life.

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