meditation

noun
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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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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Regularly using relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga may help keep belly fat at bay. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019 And for those who find stillness in meditation, making time to tune out the noise can be deeply grounding. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "For Those Grappling With California Wildfires, Dangerous Air Quality Is a New Risk," 16 Nov. 2018 At first, the series seems less a treatise against corrosive changes in Swedish society than a darkly funny and melancholy meditation on the absurdity of Swedish bureaucracy. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 Then there's John and Taupin's 1970 LP Tumbleweed Connection album, which was explicitly marketed as a meditation on country and western themes, full of outlaws and gun-slingers. Elias Leight, Billboard, "Producer Frank Liddell Explains How Bernie Taupin Tested Him for the Elton John Country Tribute Album," 6 Apr. 2018 Psychologists Barbara Fredrickson and Michael Cohn explored this question by following a group that had participated in a short-term study on the benefits of meditation. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet," 19 Dec. 2018 The goal of meditation is sometimes misunderstood as emptying the mind. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 11 Nov. 2018 The result is both one of the most profound meditations on the Holocaust and on documentary filmmaking as a whole. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 The Buddhist practice of meditation has played a part in helping the boys stay calm and preserve energy during their ordeal. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "'We’re going to eat fried chicken at KFC': Classmates, teachers await return of boys trapped in Thai cave," 9 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of meditation

: the act or an instance of planning or thinking quietly

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