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[med-i-teyt] /ˈmɛd ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), meditated, meditating.
to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.
to engage in transcendental meditation, devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection.
verb (used with object), meditated, meditating.
to consider as something to be done or effected; intend; purpose:
to meditate revenge.
Origin of meditate
1550-60; < Latin meditātus, past participle of meditārī to meditate, contemplate, plan
Related forms
meditatingly, adverb
meditator, noun
unmeditated, adjective
unmeditating, adjective
1. ponder, muse; ruminate; cogitate, study, think. 3. contemplate, plan, devise, contrive. Unabridged
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  • My heart will break if this thing you meditate comes to pass.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Who can love them and not delight to meditate in them night and day?

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The real Americans are not those who sit and meditate; they are those who are laying the foundations.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • "True," returned the king; and he began to meditate; he had not thought of the list in the least.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • I love to meditate on this sad scene, which, if duly considered, teaches the soundest wisdom.

British Dictionary definitions for meditate


(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to think about something deeply
(intransitive) to reflect deeply on spiritual matters, esp as a religious act: I make space to meditate every day
(transitive) to plan, consider, or think of doing (something)
Derived Forms
meditative, adjective
meditatively, adverb
meditativeness, noun
meditator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin meditārī to reflect upon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for meditate

1580s, "to ponder," back-formation from meditation, or else from Latin meditatus, past participle of meditari (see meditation). Related: Meditated; meditating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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