pre·​med·​i·​tate (ˌ)prē-ˈme-də-ˌtāt How to pronounce premeditate (audio)
premeditated; premeditating; premeditates

transitive verb

: to think about and revolve in the mind beforehand

intransitive verb

: to think, consider, or deliberate beforehand
premeditator noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Defense attorneys argued that when police knocked on the door, Brown had no time to premeditate a response, but was merely panicking. Robert Mccoppin,, 8 Apr. 2022 But defense attorney Tom Jacquinot said in his opening statement that the evidence will show Vrba did not premeditate to kill Steinfeld, who was his friend. NBC News, 4 Aug. 2020 If prosecutors in Florida find the murder of Hutchinson, 59, was premeditated, Riess could face the death penalty. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, 3 May 2018 According to the Associated Press, authorities in Michigan are considering the crime a first-degree premeditated murder. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, 5 May 2020 He was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder. Connor Van Ligten, azcentral, 10 Apr. 2020 However, the murder is not at all premeditated and instead unfolds through a mix of drunken abandon and suppressed heartache. Ariana Romero,, 13 Mar. 2020 Authorities said Terell Kevonte Blackman, 25, of Northwest, was taken into custody on a charge of first-degree murder while armed (premeditated) for the Nov. 29 killing of Michael Cunningham. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2019 He was booked in the Butler County jail later Wednesday evening and charged with premeditated aggravated murder. Madeline Mitchell,, 6 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


Latin praemeditatus, past participle of praemeditari, from prae- + meditari to meditate

First Known Use

circa 1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of premeditate was circa 1526

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Cite this Entry

“Premeditate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


pre·​med·​i·​tate pri-ˈmed-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce premeditate (audio)
: to think about and plan beforehand
premeditated murder

Legal Definition


pre·​med·​i·​tate pri-ˈme-də-ˌtāt How to pronounce premeditate (audio)
premeditated; premeditating

transitive verb

: to think about or consider beforehand
must premeditate the killing and deliberate about itW. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.

intransitive verb

: to think or consider beforehand

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