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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Other Words from premeditate

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

Examples of premeditate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 An internal investigation determined that Daniels’ arrest was improper but did not find that the officers’ politics were involved or that the arrest was premeditated. Fox News, 24 Jan. 2020

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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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