verb cog·i·tate \ ˈkä-jə-ˌtāt \
Updated on: 3 Jan 2018

Definition of cogitate

cogitated; cogitating
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

Examples of cogitate in a Sentence

  1. I was cogitating about my chances of failing.

  2. by the time he finishes cogitating what to do with his life, it'll be almost over

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Origin and Etymology of cogitate

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

cogitate Synonyms

chew over, ponder, consider, contemplate, debate, deliberate, entertain, eye, kick around, meditate, mull (over), perpend, pore (over), question, revolve, ruminate, study, think (about or over), turn, weigh, wrestle (with)
Related Words
muse (upon), reflect (on or upon), reminisce; analyze, explore, review; conclude, reason; second-guess, speculate (about); brood (about or over), dwell (on or upon), fixate (on or upon), fret (about or over), obsess (about or over); believe, conceive, opine; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in)
Near Antonyms
disregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject

Synonym Discussion of cogitate

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

COGITATE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of cogitate for English Language Learners

  • : to think carefully and seriously about something

COGITATE Defined for Kids


verb cog·i·tate \ ˈkä-jə-ˌtāt \

Definition of cogitate for Students

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

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