meditation

noun
med·i·ta·tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən \

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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Synonyms for meditation

Synonyms

contemplation

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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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Lebanese documentary filmmaker Cyril Aris turns the camera on his family for this meditation on truth, love and lies in the face of illness and death. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Swing' ('Al Marjouha'): Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018 Teenagers can start by downloading apps like Insight Timer, Headspace or Calm, which offer guided meditations. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, WSJ, "Thai Cave Rescue Highlights the Value of Teaching Children to Meditate," 13 July 2018 Learning to practice meditation now can be extremely helpful when dangerous situations arise. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "The Thai Soccer Team Used Meditation to Help Them Survive," 12 July 2018 As with last year’s Home (Peace of Coal), most of his bands feature top-notch improvisational voices from the local scene who change the complexion of the music and frequently extend his songs into powerful meditations. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Caleb Willitz perpetually refines his pensive folk-rock sound by working with some of Chicago’s strongest improvisers," 12 July 2018 Ekkapol Chantawong, the young coach, had been a Buddhist monk for several years and reportedly kept the boys calm by teaching them meditation. The Economist, "Deliverance for Thailand’s cave-trapped footballers," 12 July 2018 And then Carter launches into what could be called a freewheeling and very Baptist meditation. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Plains, Ga., an evangelical politician like no other," 11 July 2018 The spa gym's classes include aerial yoga and floating meditation. 2. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Check out the Phoenician resort's fresh look: New spa, golf course, lobby," 11 July 2018 Kundalini: In this style of yoga, the emphasis is on the breath, chanting and meditation. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Five yoga styles to know," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of meditation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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meditation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of meditation

: the act or process of spending time in quiet thought : the act or process of meditating

: an expression of a person's thoughts on something

meditation

noun
med·i·ta·tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of meditation

: the act or an instance of planning or thinking quietly

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