meditate

verb
med·​i·​tate | \ ˈme-də-ˌtāt How to pronounce meditate (audio) \
meditated; meditating

Definition of meditate

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in contemplation or reflection He meditated long and hard before announcing his decision.
2 : to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness

transitive verb

1 : to focus one's thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over He was meditating his past achievements.
2 : to plan or project in the mind : intend, purpose He was meditating revenge.

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from meditate

meditator \ ˈme-​də-​ˌtā-​tər How to pronounce meditator (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for meditate

ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter. pondered the course of action meditate implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something so as to understand it deeply. meditated on the meaning of life muse suggests a more or less focused daydreaming as in remembrance. mused upon childhood joys ruminate implies going over the same matter in one's thoughts again and again but suggests little of either purposive thinking or rapt absorption. ruminated on past disappointments

Examples of meditate in a Sentence

He meditates for an hour every morning. I've been meditating a career change for months.

Recent Examples on the Web

De-stress your distress: Find time to meditate, enjoy friends, sleep sufficiently, help others, and/or do yoga. Michael Roizen, M.d., And Mehmet Oz, Houston Chronicle, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment," 24 June 2018 Useless Magic meditates on the subtle distinction between poetry and songwriting. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Florence Welch Did a Poetry Reading at Gucci’s New Bookstore in New York City," 6 Dec. 2018 Hike, paddle board, meditate, and immerse yourself into Exhale's award-winning fitness program with classes Core Fusion bootcamp, restorative chill yoga, and more. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 2018 Thanks to Instagram — and mounting stress levels — millions of people consider this method the best way to plan, reflect, and meditate. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Bullet Journal? Everything You Need to Know Before You BuJo," 30 Jan. 2019 Siem Reap and Tonlé Sap LakeStay at Amansara, a masterpiece of mid-century Khmer architecture—the hotel’s guides and access to special experiences like meditating with a Buddhist monk are excellent. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Deeper in Cambodia," 19 Nov. 2018 In a review of 47 studies, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that meditating for about 2.5 hours a week moderately improved anxiety after eight weeks. Maridel Reyes, Glamour, "'Biohacking' Your Anxiety Is a Buzzy Practice—but What Does It Actually Mean?," 16 Oct. 2018 The masterful performance ended on a high note, as several children were spotted onstage meditating before jumping into an impressive dance routine. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "7 Best Moments From the 2018 BET Awards," 25 June 2018 People attending Wednesday’s service at the Agape International Spiritual Center meditated before the church’s founder and spiritual director, Michael Beckwith, introduced Chiang. Michael Livingston, latimes.com, "John Chiang, campaigning in church, says faith helped his family overcome struggles," 31 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'meditate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of meditate

1560, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for meditate

Latin meditatus, past participle of meditari, frequentative of medēri to remedy — more at medical

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about meditate

Statistics for meditate

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for meditate

The first known use of meditate was in 1560

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for meditate

meditate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of meditate

: to spend time in quiet thought for religious purposes or relaxation

meditate

verb
med·​i·​tate | \ ˈme-də-ˌtāt How to pronounce meditate (audio) \
meditated; meditating

Kids Definition of meditate

1 : to consider carefully : plan Here I meditated nothing but my escape …— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
2 : to spend time in quiet thinking : reflect

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on meditate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with meditate

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for meditate

Spanish Central: Translation of meditate

Nglish: Translation of meditate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of meditate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on meditate

What made you want to look up meditate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!