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

Examples of premeditate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Ramsey County attorney’s office on Friday charged Michael Cordell Garland, 19, with second-degree intentional murder, not premeditated. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "Murder charge: St. Paul shooting stemmed from feud over firearm," 30 Sep. 2019 The trial concluded the killing was not premeditated, according to Shaalan al-Shaalan, a spokesperson from the Saudi attorney general's office. Arkansas Online, "Saudis sentence 5 to death for Jamal Khashoggi's killing," 23 Dec. 2019 The vast majority of our troops recognize that fighting a war is not a euphemism for mass slaughter or premeditated murder. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Excusing bad behavior only encourages worse, whether it happens in football, at war or in the White House," 22 Nov. 2019 The Southfield resident is charged with one count each of first degree premeditated murder and assault on a pregnant woman intentionally causing miscarriage/stillbirth. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Southfield woman charged in murder of pregnant U-M Dearborn student," 22 Nov. 2019 Returning to the commonwealth after excelling at the University of Kentucky, however, wasn’t premeditated. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "From Lesotho to Louisville: LouCity FC midfielder Napo Matsoso finds 2nd home in Kentucky," 16 Nov. 2019 Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Cnn Library, CNN, "Mass Shootings in the US Fast Facts," 20 Aug. 2019 On Thursday, Saudi officials said his killing appeared to be premeditated. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Erdogan Presses Saudi Arabia Again Over Khashoggi Death," 26 Oct. 2018 Saudi Arabia on Thursday said Mr. Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated, after earlier saying his death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was unintentional and was at the hands of rogue operatives. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "WWE’s Saudi Arabia Show To Go On Despite Reputation Risk," 25 Oct. 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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The first known use of premeditate was circa 1526

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Cite this Entry

“Premeditate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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