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 In 1968, Paul Saltzman -- who was studying transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- unexpectedly crossed paths with the Fab Four. John Benson, cleveland, "‘Dead’ and ‘The Artist’s Wife’ top this week’s streaming movies at Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque," 23 Sep. 2020 My husband just learned [transcendental meditation] as well. Ale Russian,, "Gwyneth Paltrow and Husband Brad Falchuk Meditate Together Every Morning," 23 Sep. 2020 While it is known for meditation, Calm offers much more, noted reviewer Jess Carpenter. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "How Lincoln is helping owners sleep better, reduce anxiety," 16 Sep. 2020 That’s all meditation really is—training attention. John Horgan, Scientific American, "How to Be a Mystical Skeptic," 15 Sep. 2020 Airbnb Experiences also shifted to online in April, when its meditation with a Buddhist monk may have appealed to people newly stressed out by COVID-19. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "From kids' camps to pilgrimage hikes, virtual travel hits its stride," 14 Aug. 2020 His meditation was suddenly shattered by a barrage of gunshots. oregonlive, "Portland’s deadly July: Domestic violence, suspected love triangle and gang retaliation among 15 killings," 6 Aug. 2020 Of course, there’s no one-size-fits all approach to meditation. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "Everything to Know About Mindful Walking, Your New Form of Meditation," 22 July 2020 Hsu Taylor and the Nancy Drew staff start each session with a three-minute meditation to intentionally tell their minds that work time has begun. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "TV writers, like all of us, are developing a love-hate relationship with Zoom," 21 June 2020

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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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30 Sep 2020

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“Meditation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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