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 premeditator (audio) \ noun

Examples of premeditate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 Gallagher was found not guilty of the most serious charges against him, which included premeditated murder and shooting at civilians while in Iraq in 2017. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ex-attorney for Navy SEAL acquitted of war crimes says Gallagher owes him up to $1 million," 7 Aug. 2019 Bennett, 22, appeared in Todd County District Court on Tuesday on two charges of second-degree murder with intent, but not premeditated. Raju Chaduvula, Twin Cities, "$5 million bail set for 22-year-old son in slayings of ex-Viking, wife," 27 Aug. 2019 Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Deadliest mass shootings in modern US history," 4 Aug. 2019 The fact that the telephone wires were cut indicated that the murders were apparently premeditated, Helder said. Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: 2 Ritual Slayings Follow Killing of 5," 28 July 2019 Barr erased those boundaries on Thursday, making every American citizen an equal participant in the government’s premeditated taking of human life. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 Atkins has been charged with numerous counts, including murder, kidnapping, premeditated attempted murder and attempted murder of a peace officer. Cindy Chang,, "LAPD officer who shot Trader Joe’s manager complied with policy, Police Commission rules," 10 June 2019

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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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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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