med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce meditation (audio) \

Definition of meditation

1 : a discourse intended to express its author's reflections or to guide others in contemplation
2 : the act or process of meditating the meditation out of which this novel has come— Granville Hicks

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Examples of meditation in a Sentence

She spent the morning in meditation. Daily meditation helps clear his mind.

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One of the ways that monks and nuns have dealt with this challenge is by cultivating a sense of inner silence and inner stillness through practices like meditation, prayer and sitting in solitude. Kim Haines-eitzen, The Conversation, "The struggle to find silence in the ancient monastic world – and now," 10 June 2019 Her new book, How to Breathe, released in April, tells a brief history of the breath as part of ancient spiritual and heath practices like meditation and yoga, and looks at the current science of breathing. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Do you even know how to breathe? This article will teach you," 2 June 2019 Members can tap rides to doctors’ appointments, handymen and activities like group meditation and bowling. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone," 11 Dec. 2018 Research shows that patients who make time to be active or take on activities that alleviate stress, like meditation, do better during treatment, said Dr. Heather Greenlee, medical director of the program. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s new Integrative Medicine program includes activity as a part of treatment," 7 Sep. 2018 And don't forget about other mood-boosting activities, like meditation and mindfulness. Barbara Brody,, "The Surprisingly Easy Move That Can Make You Happier and Boost Your Energy Instantly," 7 May 2018 Guests have access to daily yoga, meditation, fitness classes, and well-being lectures. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Here are the top five travel contests to enter this month," 3 May 2018 The discipline of Yoga is based on breath control, meditation, and asanas, and its roots are traced to the Indus Valley civilisation. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "From local schools to foreign embassies, Indians are ready for International Yoga Day 2019," 20 June 2019 Events will be held on a regular basis, including activities such as yoga, meditation, and cooking classes. Juliet Pennington,, "Plant City, a vegan food hall, is opening in Providence this week," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of meditation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of meditation

: the act or process of spending time in quiet thought : the act or process of meditating
formal : an expression of a person's thoughts on something


med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce meditation (audio) \

Kids Definition of meditation

: the act or an instance of planning or thinking quietly

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