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[ser-uh-breyt] /ˈsɛr əˌbreɪt/
verb (used with or without object), cerebrated, cerebrating.
to use the mind; think or think about.
Origin of cerebrate
1870-75; back formation from cerebration. See cerebrum, -ation
Related forms
cerebration, noun
cerebrational, adjective
Can be confused
celebrate, celibate, cerebrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cerebration
Historical Examples
  • I have brain, cerebration—not powerful but fine and of a remarkable quality.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • The story is full of observation, cerebration, and human affection.

    Essays on Modern Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • Thus his chief instinct is cerebration—dreaming, meditating, visualizing, planning.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • Residual currents not sufficient to think this to an end; results of cerebration would be merely human.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Examination immediately undertaken; scientists puzzled because cerebration processes continue to function perfectly.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • No doubt it is producing enormous quantities of cerebration, but is it anything more than chaotic and futile cerebration?

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • This was rather like chucking a monkey-wrench into the cerebration machinery of the Paris experts.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • Pink lay in a hazy world of shifting ideas, of coagulating and disintegrating forms of cerebration.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • To begin with, Monism excludes the possibility of volition being determined by cerebration.

    Mind and Motion and Monism George John Romanes
  • It summoned to its aid, without effort of cerebration on the part of its owner, whatever was most needed at the moment.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for cerebration


the act of thinking; consideration; thought
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cerebrum brain


(intransitive) generally (facetious) to use the mind; think; ponder; consider
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Word Origin and History for cerebration

1853, coined by English physiologist Dr. William B. Carpenter (1813-1885) from Latin cerebrum "brain" (see cerebral) + -ation. Related: Cerebrate (v.); cerebrated.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cerebration in Medicine

cerebration cer·e·bra·tion (sěr'ə-brā'shən)
Activity of the mental processes; thinking.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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