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[koj-i-teyt] /ˈkɒdʒ ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), cogitated, cogitating.
to think hard; ponder; meditate:
to cogitate about a problem.
verb (used with object), cogitated, cogitating.
to think about; devise:
to cogitate a scheme.
Origin of cogitate
1555-65; < Latin cōgitātus (past participle of cōgitāre), equivalent to co- co- + agitātus; see agitate
Related forms
cogitatingly, adverb
cogitator, noun
precogitate, verb, precogitated, precogitating.
1. deliberate, reflect. 2. weigh. Unabridged
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  • Philosophers, he argued, have spent enough time cogitating in their armchairs.
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  • In cogitating upon terms of peace, the queen regent should not make the mistake of regarding our humanitarianism us un limited.
British Dictionary definitions for cogitating


to think deeply about (a problem, possibility, etc); ponder
Derived Forms
cogitatingly, adverb
cogitation, noun
cogitator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin cōgitāre, from co- (intensive) + agitāre to turn over, agitate
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Word Origin and History for cogitating



late 16c., from Latin cogitatus, past participle of cogitare "to think" (see cogitation). Related: Cogitated; cogitating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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