meditation

noun
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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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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The Spirit Voyage channel features various kundalini greats to guide you through unique classes and meditations. Hannah Chenoweth, SELF, "The 9 Best YouTube Yoga Channels I Discovered While Practicing Yoga at Home for 6 Years," 5 May 2019 Another thing that helps is starting my day with meditation. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Ashley Tisdale's New Album 'Symptoms' Is a Love Letter to Herself," 3 May 2019 Remember, meditation doesn't need to be sitting still and doing nothing. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May's Gemini Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Practicing meditation or yoga may help elicit a relaxation response to offset stress, Dr. Ward says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "7 Signs You're Dealing With Anxiety," 3 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, the third floor was converted to a private master suite, complete with bedroom, closet, sitting room, and bath, while the fourth was designated for work, laundry, exercise, and meditation. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "This Four-Story Brooklyn Brownstone Is Traditional—With a Twist," 18 Mar. 2019 The work was not only a brilliant exercise in reclamation but also an exploration of shifts in cultural temper and a shrewd meditation on biographical writing. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘L.E.L.’ Review: The Case of the ‘Female Byron’," 1 Mar. 2019 Harry sipped on a coffee before being introduced to Buddhist monk Kelsang Sonam, 69, and discussing his love of meditation. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Reveals Baby Secrets as She Brings Magic Touch to Royal Day Out," 14 Jan. 2019 This type of meditation focuses on breathing and awareness of one's thoughts. Healthday, chicagotribune.com, "Meditation shown to soothe anxiety after just one session," 30 Apr. 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
formal : an expression of a person's thoughts on something

meditation

noun
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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