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

Definition of premeditate

transitive verb

: to think about and revolve in the mind beforehand

intransitive verb

: to think, consider, or deliberate beforehand

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premeditator \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈme-​də-​ˌtā-​tər How to pronounce premeditator (audio) \ noun

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Hlebo’s conviction for second-degree murder — a jury decided there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the killing was premeditated — entailed a maximum sentence of 15 years to life. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "‘I don’t dream anymore’: Kyle Myrick’s killer sentenced in 2016 San Jose slaying," 14 June 2019 Harris’s obviously premeditated assault was aimed at one of the blots on Biden’s long record in public life: his 1970s opposition to busing. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden: Bruised Over Busing, But Still Standing," 28 June 2019 During the trial against Luna, prosecutors argued the early-morning attacks on the women were premeditated and grew more sophisticated. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Illegal immigrant who committed multiple rapes after 2012 ICE detainer not enforced gets 80 years in prison," 22 Aug. 2018 The Saudi government has acknowledged the murder was likely premeditated. Summer Said, WSJ, "Behind Saudi Prince’s Crackdown Was Confidant Tied to Khashoggi Killing," 2 Nov. 2018 The dazzling restaurant scene is so competitive, dining out on a Friday or Saturday can be as premeditated as a trip to the moon. New York Times, "In Charleston, Beer Gets Its Own Neighborhood," 25 Apr. 2018 Adam Purinton entered his guilty plea in Johnson County District Court to premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an aviation systems engineer and programs manager at GPS maker Garmin. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "Kansas man pleads guilty to killing one, injuring two in alleged hate crime," 6 Mar. 2018 Erdogan in Turkey said today that [Jamal] Khashoggi’s death was premeditated murder. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Transcript of President Trump’s Interview With The Wall Street Journal," 24 Oct. 2018 The videos, all shorter than 90 seconds, will almost certainly bolster the prosecution's efforts to convict Cruz of first-degree murder, a capital offense: Under Florida law, such charges must be premeditated. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Judge says 'don't release' Parkland shooter's confession until she reviews it first," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of premeditate

circa 1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for premeditate

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

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

Kids Definition of premeditate

: to think about and plan beforehand


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

Legal Definition of premeditate

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to think or consider beforehand

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