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.
Recent Examples on the Web His primary fashion-world work of 2020, Veil Flag, was a meditation on the multiple meanings held within the idea of the American Flag. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2021 Not merely scary, this series is also a beautiful meditation on grief, faith, addiction and death, and the performances will stay with you long after. Therese Odell, Chron, 19 Oct. 2021 Recorded over the course of the last year in Los Angeles, the album is a rich and infectious meditation on working through it on your own terms. Aly Comingore,, 15 Oct. 2021 His version of the song was even slower and dreamier: a meditation that allowed Buckley’s voice to soar into the heavens. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 10 Oct. 2021 The song is a meditation on making it through moments of darkness with grace, and both artists have a way of floating above worldly concerns. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 30 Sep. 2021 Her piece is a meditation on intention and guilt; grief and fear; life and loss. Longreads, 26 Sep. 2021 Living Autobiography series is an intimate meditation on home, writing and womanhood. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 21 Aug. 2021 But there’s a certain O. Henry irony to the situation, insofar as the show, like its predecessor, is a meditation on how readily abuse can disguise itself with prestige trappings. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of meditation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of meditation was in the 13th century

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“Meditation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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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