med·​i·​ta·​tion ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce meditation (audio)
: a discourse intended to express its author's reflections or to guide others in contemplation
: the act or process of meditating
the meditation out of which this novel has comeGranville Hicks

Examples of meditation in a Sentence

She spent the morning in meditation. Daily meditation helps clear his mind.
Recent Examples on the Web Ambrose recommends stress management techniques such as exercise and mindfulness meditation, which studies have shown may help reduce negative thoughts or unhelpful emotional reactions during stressful periods. Cathy Cassata, Health, 7 June 2024 After winning his first title with the Huskies in 2023, Hurley acknowledged his battle with panic attacks to Seth Davis, telling the veteran writer and broadcaster that Hurley fought his anxiety through meditation, prayer, therapy, exercise, reading and keeping a journal. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 Our garden can be a welcoming haven and a spot for meditation, contemplation and spiritual reflection. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 Coupling this breath work with mental exercises, such as meditation, visualization, and paying extra attention to our senses, can be an effective way to put a dampener on an overactive nervous system. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for meditation 

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Meditation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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med·​i·​ta·​tion ˌmed-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce meditation (audio)
: the act or an instance of meditating

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