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[koj-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation:
After hours of cogitation he came up with a new proposal.
the faculty of thinking:
She was a serious student and had a great power of cogitation.
a thought; design or plan:
to jot down one's cogitations.
Origin of cogitation
1175-1225; Middle English cogitaciun < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cōgitātiōn- (stem of cōgitātiō), equivalent to cōgitāt(us) (see cogitate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
precogitation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The student of life and the philosopher will find here matter for cogitation, tinged maybe with seriousness, even sadness.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • The lad gave a prolonged whistle, and was lost for a moment in cogitation.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • As he painfully made his way back to the camp he did a vast deal of cogitation.

    The Lost Trail Edward S. Ellis
  • At last, after days of talk and cogitation, we named our house "Rudder Grange."

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
  • After a good deal of cogitation he came to the conclusion that the easiest way out of life would be by drowning.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • Dawn and her grandma had given me too much food for cogitation.

  • Look, Najara, man; dost thou not see in what perplexity of cogitation he is involved,—yonder dull Bernal?

    The Infidel, Vol. I. Robert Montgomery Bird
  • The goldsmith seemed to think, and his cogitation made him smile.

  • Meditation is the assiduous and sagacious revision of cogitation, and strives to explain the involved, and penetrate the hidden.

  • Fleetwood put on the mask of cogitation to cover a shudder, 'How?'

Word Origin and History for cogitation

c.1200, "thought, idea, notion," from Old French cogitacion "thought, consideration, reflection," from Latin cogitationem (nominative cogitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cogitare "to think, reflect, consider, turn over in the mind," apparently from co-agitare, from com- "together" (see co-) + agitare, here in a sense of "to turn over in the mind," literally "to put in constant motion, drive, impel," frequentative of agere "to move, drive" (see agitation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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