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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But since then, running has sort of become my meditation for the day. Rich Mayor,, "Cross country roundtable: Prep athletes discuss their love of running," 12 Aug. 2019 After pairing the two apps, your meditations will show up under the Journal tool on Google Fit along with other exercise and sleep activities. Natt Garun, The Verge, "How to sync all your fitness activities with Google Fit," 11 Aug. 2019 There’s so many elements to playing another human being — all your thoughts about it, all your inspirations about it, all your meditations about it. Christopher Wallenberg,, "Betty Buckley has found her match with ‘Hello, Dolly!’," 8 Aug. 2019 Wang displays a masterful control over the unique mood and tone of the film, which is at once hilarious and heartbreaking, meticulous in its meditation. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘The Farewell’ dives into big family traditions, truths and a ‘good lie’," 18 July 2019 Perhaps one way of understanding The Topeka School is as a meditation on how the snow of whiteness can calcify and harden, freeze, into an icy weapon. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 Inspired by both Mseleku and Ngqawana, the younger Makhathini wears the influences of both artists proudly, using them as springboard for his own meditations on home and spirituality. Nadia Neophytou, Billboard, "Wynton Marsalis and More Celebrate the Sounds of Post-Apartheid South African Jazz in New York," 14 Sep. 2019 That’s a solid meditation at the intersection of psychology and spirituality. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "The Eternal Debate over the Nature of Hell," 12 Sep. 2019 Ms Monopoly’s debut follows Hasbro’s release of the lighthearted Monopoly for Millennials last year, which featured experiences such as eating at a vegan bistro and doing a meditation retreat. Hillary Leung, Time, "'Ms Monopoly' Rewrites the Rules So That Female Players Make More Money Than Males," 11 Sep. 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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