cog·​i·​ta·​tion ˌkä-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce cogitation (audio)
: the act of cogitating : meditation
: the capacity to think or reflect
: a single thought

Example Sentences

as long as there's a national deficit, interplanetary exploration will most likely remain an agreeable cogitation and nothing more
Recent Examples on the Web Subaru BRATs, on the other hand, demand no existential cogitation whatsoever. Car and Driver, 28 Sep. 2022 Holbein’s lines and brushwork capture the movement beneath the surface, the constant cogitation and maneuvering for power and survival. Dominic Green, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 And yet, absorbing the feelings generated by Seaver’s departure from New York led me to the kind of inflated cogitation that links Masaccio and the Mets, if only because the feelings were so outsized and anguished and intense. Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 His work, as Joseph Farrell observes in Dario Fo and Franca Rame: Theatre, Politics, Life, contains none of the intimacy, intellectual cogitation, or existential angst that one finds in so many artists of the twentieth century. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 12 Mar. 2020 But even that scene moves; there isn’t a moment when Smallwood feels bogged down, by grad-school cogitation or anything else. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2021 Warhol was seemingly incapable of spontaneity, some private calculus forever ticking away in his head at a speed different from that of normal cogitation. Gary Indiana, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2020 Do send us the results of your cogitations in the comments below. Quanta Magazine, 3 Sep. 2015 Agree, or disagree, their opinions could stimulate your cogitation. Thomas Fitzgerald,, 11 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cogitation was in the 13th century

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“Cogitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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