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
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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 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cogitate

formal : to think carefully and seriously about something


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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