meditate

verb
med·i·tate | \ ˈme-də-ˌtāt \
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.

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Other words from meditate

meditator \-ˌtā-tər \ 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.

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According to The Times, the actress meditates twice a day after Oprah Winfrey inspired her to read The Untethered Soul. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned From Lindsay Lohan's 'New York Times' Profile," 26 June 2018 After that, there’s a vote over whether to recap or meditate, and recapping wins. Max Guther, Esquire, "Sriracha Is for Closers," 16 Jan. 2018 At Racked, Kyle Chayka meditates on style, algorithms, and our generic yet lullingly unobjectionable future. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Do These Pants Make Me Look Like Everyone Else? Be Honest, Alexa.," 19 Apr. 2018 One answer is that their 25-year-old coach, a former Buddhist monk, reportedly taught the boys to meditate, to help slow their breathing and quiet their nerves. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, WSJ, "Thai Cave Rescue Highlights the Value of Teaching Children to Meditate," 13 July 2018 Jantawong, once trapped himself, is credited for teaching the team to meditate to help them stay calm during their entombment. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "What's Next For The Rescued Thai Soccer Team?," 10 July 2018 There is a certain art to sitting down—even in front of a screen—and spending a few minutes meditating on a grassy knoll in England, or joining a stranger on a stroll through Tokyo just as cherry blossoms begin to bloom. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "In the Age of Despair, Find Comfort on the ‘Slow Web’," 8 July 2018 Forti sat in the front row with her eyes closed, meditating. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Less cramming. More Frisbee. At Yale, students learn how to live the good life," 12 May 2018 Back in 1952, President Harry S. Truman declared that the American people should spend one day a year praying or meditating on their faith. refinery29.com, "Why Thursday Is Your Chance To Get More Spiritual," 1 May 2018

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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

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Phrases Related to meditate

meditate on/upon

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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 \
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

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