ex·​cog·​i·​tate | \ ek-ˈskä-jə-ˌtāt How to pronounce excogitate (audio) \
excogitated; excogitating; excogitates

Definition of excogitate

transitive verb

: to think out : devise

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Other Words from excogitate

excogitation \ (ˌ)ek-​ˌskä-​jə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce excogitation (audio) \ noun
excogitative \ ek-​ˈskä-​jə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce excogitative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of excogitate in a Sentence

she's a master at excogitating reasons not to do her assigned work

First Known Use of excogitate

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excogitate

Latin excogitatus, past participle of excogitare, from ex- + cogitare to cogitate

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The first known use of excogitate was circa 1530

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“Excogitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excogitate. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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