meditate

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verb med·i·tate \ˈme-də-ˌtāt\

Definition of meditate

meditated

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meditating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to engage in contemplation or reflection He meditated long and hard before announcing his decision.

  3. 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

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to focus one's thoughts on :  reflect on or ponder over He was meditating his past achievements.

  6. 2 :  to plan or project in the mind :  intend, purpose He was meditating revenge.

meditator

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Examples of meditate in a Sentence

  1. He meditates for an hour every morning.

  2. I've been meditating a career change for months.

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Origin and Etymology of meditate

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

Synonym Discussion of 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


MEDITATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of meditate for English Language Learners

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


MEDITATE Defined for Kids

meditate

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verb med·i·tate \ˈme-də-ˌtāt\

Definition of meditate for Students

meditated

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meditating

  1. 1 :  to consider carefully :  plan Here I meditated nothing but my escape … — Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

  2. 2 :  to spend time in quiet thinking :  reflect



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