med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən \

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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The process made checking social media all but impossible and doubled as a sort of forced meditation retreat. Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Goes on the Ultimate Eyelash Adventure in Los Angeles," 12 Nov. 2018 Asia Bhutan Brent OlsonGeoExOlson knows where to stay (Amankora, Zhiwa Ling Heritage and how to duck crowds, and can arrange meditation retreats with Buddhist monks. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Cool offices around the world have incorporated nap zones and meditation rooms, but’s beds are also intended for commuters who work late. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 Chanthawong, a onetime monk whom the team calls Mr. Ek, helped the team remain calm with Buddhist meditation techniques. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rescued Thai Soccer Team Recounts the Ordeal in the Cave," 18 July 2018 The co-working giant WeWork, which offers such non-essentials as ping pong tables, meditation rooms, and complimentary craft beer, was criticized by some tenants in 2015 for not having lactation rooms. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 Tony Ambush, a massage therapist and the wellness coordinator at Total Health Guidance in Orlando, practices somatic massage with meditation techniques. Katie Parsons,, "Somatic massage helps with pain, trauma," 29 June 2018 Through meditation techniques, Headspace provides a simple way to reframe stress. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "7 Apps Designed to Help Reduce Depression and Anxiety," 8 June 2018 The other rooms were used as a master bedroom, playroom and meditation room. Jonathan J. Cooper And Janie Har, USA TODAY, "Prosecutor says children in squalid California home were tortured 'for sadistic purposes'," 14 May 2018

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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

: an expression of a person's thoughts on something


med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of meditation

: the act or an instance of planning or thinking quietly

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