Definition of cogitate
: to ponder or meditate on usually intently
: to meditate deeply or intently <cogitating on her career plans>
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>
Origin and Etymology of cogitate
Latin cogitatus, past participle of cogitare to think, think about, from co- + agitare to drive, agitate
First Known Use: 1582
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
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