med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce meditation (audio) \

Definition of meditation

1 : a discourse intended to express its author's reflections or to guide others in contemplation
2 : the act or process of meditating the meditation out of which this novel has come— Granville Hicks

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Examples of meditation in a Sentence

She spent the morning in meditation. Daily meditation helps clear his mind.
Recent Examples on the Web Online mental health benefits, for example, may provide more meaningful support than access to a suite of meditation apps. Kells Mcphillips, Fortune, 10 June 2022 There are many apps that offer one solution, like meditation or sleep training or telehealth counseling to address the entire spectrum of mental health challenges. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Guests can participate in workshops like meditation and mindfulness, too. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2022 Nature sounds are now a multi-million dollar industry, with tens of millions of Americans using meditation apps to mentally transport to serene beaches or vibrant rainforests. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2022 But practice, especially during the pandemic, become like a meditation for me. Ryan Reed, SPIN, 4 Feb. 2022 Approaching Neptune’s energy means focusing on activities like meditation, visualization, and creative pursuits. Elizabeth Gulino,, 2 Dec. 2021 To wit, taking time to slow down, find calm, and turn inward through daily rituals like meditation and breathwork feels more paramount than ever. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2021 Some meditation apps offer series tailored for teens. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of meditation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jun 2022

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“Meditation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce meditation (audio) \

Kids Definition of meditation

: the act or an instance of planning or thinking quietly

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