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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Enjoy yoga, meditation, qi gong, and learn about nutrition for sustainable wellness., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 The creative producer and yoga instructor founded Naaya in 2017 to root people of color in their wellness, making yoga and meditation more accessible through pop-up workshops and discounted teacher trainings. Ryan Walker-hartshorn, Bon Appétit, "Sinikiwe Dhliwayo Wants Everyone to Chill Out in Triangle Pose," 27 Aug. 2019 Wright learned different techniques to calm her spirit, like yoga and meditation. al, "Birmingham high schoolers to receive mental health kits thanks to local effort," 14 Aug. 2019 The 3,000-square-foot facility will feature Surya's signature Ayurvedic four-handed therapeutic massages, steam and oil treatments, cooking, yoga, and meditation, all centered around the ancient Indian form of healing. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "Santa Monica Proper Hotel Review: First In," 22 July 2019 More than a half-dozen events are planned Saturday — including a juggling contest, a Buddhist meditation and a dance party with people wearing giant banana costumes — to thwart potential violence and defuse any problems that could arise. Washington Post, "AP Explains: A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland," 19 Aug. 2019 Yoga, along with hypnosis, meditation and guided imagery exercises, has been prohibited in the state’s public schools since 1993. Leada Gore |, al, "Yoga remains prohibited in Alabama schools," 19 Aug. 2019 In recent years, sound baths have made waves in meditation and therapeutic circles as antidotes to stress, depression, anomie, and more. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 Just come to practice mindfulness meditation and go. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Some of metro Detroit's best Thai food served at Warren temple," 12 July 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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