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meditate

[med-i-teyt] /ˈmɛd ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), meditated, meditating.
1.
to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.
2.
to engage in transcendental meditation, devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection.
verb (used with object), meditated, meditating.
3.
to consider as something to be done or effected; intend; purpose:
to meditate revenge.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin meditātus, past participle of meditārī to meditate, contemplate, plan
Related forms
meditatingly, adverb
meditator, noun
unmeditated, adjective
unmeditating, adjective
Synonyms
1. ponder, muse; ruminate; cogitate, study, think. 3. contemplate, plan, devise, contrive.
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Examples for meditating
  • However, sleep does not come naturally, usually meditating or a simple walk would help soothe the stress.
  • They also start meditating on their place in history.
  • He is meditating, but he does not look especially beatific.
  • Imagine that driving across town, you've fallen into a reverie, meditating on lost loves or calculating your next tax payments.
  • She's not speaking to me so much as meditating aloud in the direction of the wall a few feet above my head.
  • The archaeologist lowered his head and wiped his brow as he pondered, silent for so long that he seemed to be meditating.
  • meditating on them might enhance feelings of autonomy and intrinsic motivation, creating a mind-set that promotes success.
  • Sweating it out seems a lot quicker and simpler than spending hours meditating.
  • Even when these monks are not meditating, their brains bear the imprints of their psychic workouts.
  • We won't collectively as a species learn maturity and objective perspective by meditating in a hermitage.
British Dictionary definitions for meditating

meditate

/ˈmɛdɪˌteɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to think about something deeply
2.
(intransitive) to reflect deeply on spiritual matters, esp as a religious act I make space to meditate every day
3.
(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 meditating

meditate

v.

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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