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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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Examples from the web for meditate
  • Powers opts to meditate on the project of memorializing.
  • Ideally, the ministers would then meditate over the summer on what they have lost-and he could then ask for a final push.
  • People who meditate regularly feel an enviable sense of calm.
  • With a few weeks to go, she was troubled by her inability to meditate.
  • One student does not meditate but acts as timekeeper.
  • Some people who are posting here need to calm down and meditate.
  • People who meditate tend to have more prophetic dreams.
  • Give it a spin, and then meditate a bit on the sounds of gaming yet to come.
  • He will have sterner sacrifices on which to meditate during his long weekends.
  • If you have ever tried to meditate you may have had my problem: no mantra.
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
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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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