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 To cultivate that sense of gratitude for our ability to live and breathe, practice this easy 10-breath gratitude meditation, following the simple instructions below: Sit comfortably with your feet on the floor and your eyes closed. Dana Santas, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 His meditation on modern masculinity was released in 1990, and spent more than two years on the New York Times Bestseller List. NBC News, 22 Nov. 2021 At Casa de Agua guests can also visit the fitness center for movement classes and meditation. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2021 Create a wind-down routine before bed with relaxing self-care activities like a long bath or meditation. Lauren Krouse, SELF, 19 Nov. 2021 Lopez and Fenty also have been listed as officers of Run Hope Work, a nonprofit founded by Ortiz-Gaud in 2014 that trains at-risk youngsters in running, meditation and vocational skills, according to the organization’s tax filings. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 And that has come with a lot of self-work, and a lot of therapy and meditation. Brittany Talarico,, 16 Nov. 2021 The festival's theme is healing The festival will focus on various forms of healing, including dance, music, meditation and visuals. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 In Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Joanna Stern gives an informative first-person account of 24 hours in a VR universe, a day filled with virtual office meetings and virtual comedy shows and virtual meditation. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of meditation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Meditation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce meditation (audio) \

Kids Definition of meditation

: the act or an instance of planning or thinking quietly

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