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[koj-i-teyt] /ˈkɒdʒ ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), cogitated, cogitating.
to think hard; ponder; meditate:
to cogitate about a problem.
verb (used with object), cogitated, cogitating.
to think about; devise:
to cogitate a scheme.
Origin of cogitate
1555-65; < Latin cōgitātus (past participle of cōgitāre), equivalent to co- co- + agitātus; see agitate
Related forms
cogitatingly, adverb
cogitator, noun
precogitate, verb, precogitated, precogitating.
1. deliberate, reflect. 2. weigh. Unabridged
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  • Father Brown seemed to cogitate; he lifted a little whitebait on his fork.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • But he did not stop to cogitate either one way or the other.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • Here in Topeka there was nothing to do but cogitate and reflect.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • I often cogitate over what accident must have befallen Jacob Canfield.

    Two Wonderful Detectives Harlan Page Halsey
  • Let me see; let me think, reflect, cogitate, tickle the thinker.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • In every syllogism I first cogitate a rule (the major) by means of the understanding.

  • Obviously he must reach some point of safety and then cogitate.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • And here he again broke off the conversation, and left Madam Kramm to cogitate upon this strange story for another week.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Murad thereupon returned to Brusa to cogitate over new enterprises and to organize his forces.

British Dictionary definitions for cogitate


to think deeply about (a problem, possibility, etc); ponder
Derived Forms
cogitatingly, adverb
cogitation, noun
cogitator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin cōgitāre, from co- (intensive) + agitāre to turn over, agitate
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Word Origin and History for cogitate

late 16c., from Latin cogitatus, past participle of cogitare "to think" (see cogitation). Related: Cogitated; cogitating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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