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[ser-uh-breyt] /ˈsɛr əˌbreɪt/
verb (used with or without object), cerebrated, cerebrating.
to use the mind; think or think about.
Origin of cerebrate
1870-75; back formation from cerebration. See cerebrum, -ation
Related forms
cerebration, noun
cerebrational, adjective
Can be confused
celebrate, celibate, cerebrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cerebration
Historical Examples
  • McKenna rubbed the butt of his .38 reflectively; that seemed to be his substitute for head-scratching, as an aid to cerebration.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • I have brain, cerebration—not powerful but fine and of a remarkable quality.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • Residual currents not sufficient to think this to an end; results of cerebration would be merely human.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • The story is full of observation, cerebration, and human affection.

    Essays on Modern Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • Examination immediately undertaken; scientists puzzled because cerebration processes continue to function perfectly.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Thus his chief instinct is cerebration—dreaming, meditating, visualizing, planning.

    How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • No doubt it is producing enormous quantities of cerebration, but is it anything more than chaotic and futile cerebration?

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • This was rather like chucking a monkey-wrench into the cerebration machinery of the Paris experts.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • Pink lay in a hazy world of shifting ideas, of coagulating and disintegrating forms of cerebration.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • To begin with, Monism excludes the possibility of volition being determined by cerebration.

    Mind and Motion and Monism George John Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for cerebration


the act of thinking; consideration; thought
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cerebrum brain


(intransitive) generally (facetious) to use the mind; think; ponder; consider
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Word Origin and History for cerebration

1853, coined by English physiologist Dr. William B. Carpenter (1813-1885) from Latin cerebrum "brain" (see cerebral) + -ation. Related: Cerebrate (v.); cerebrated.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cerebration in Medicine

cerebration cer·e·bra·tion (sěr'ə-brā'shən)
Activity of the mental processes; thinking.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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