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

Examples of cogitation in a Sentence

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 An average day might require two or three hours of hard cogitation. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2024 But the output is mostly a simulacrum of human thought, not the product of cogitation. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 At that point Pohlad cuts to one of his many shots of the rural Washington landscape; the match of image and idea reminded me of Godard’s late period spiritual evocations, the product of intense cogitation — an artistic gift. Armond White, National Review, 11 Aug. 2023 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

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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 20 Jun. 2024.

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