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cogitate

[koj-i-teyt] /ˈkɒdʒ ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), cogitated, cogitating.
1.
to think hard; ponder; meditate:
to cogitate about a problem.
verb (used with object), cogitated, cogitating.
2.
to think about; devise:
to cogitate a scheme.
Origin
1555-1565
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.
Synonyms
1. deliberate, reflect. 2. weigh.
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  • Anyone believing that actual torture is infinitely worse than the mere threat of it will find little to cogitate on here.
  • They cogitate in secret and meet in public halls to seek light from each other.
British Dictionary definitions for cogitate

cogitate

/ˈkɒdʒɪˌteɪt/
verb
1.
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 cogitate
v.

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

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