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

transitive verb

: to think out : devise
excogitative adjective

Examples of excogitate in a Sentence

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

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of excogitate was circa 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Excogitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excogitate. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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