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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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Examples from the Web for cogitating
Historical Examples
  • cogitating to himself with soulful grunts, he could only talk through his head-stall.

  • For long I have been cogitating it and my mind is now firmly made up.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Reality, in contradistinction to negation, can be explained only by cogitating a time which is either filled therewith or is void.

  • Trix stared harder at the photograph, cogitating, bewildered.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Uncle Sam is cogitating the best means by which to quicken the life flow in Alaskas veins.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • While he was cogitating over this he heard a shrill whistle from below.

  • She suspected a pitying quality in the cogitating look that the general bent upon Gavan.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The captain had a plan of his own, that he had been cogitating over for some time.

  • That night I lay awake a long time, cogitating; and the subject of my thoughts was--Estella.

    Caesar's Column Ignatius Donnelly
  • Later, after cogitating deeply, Jinnie expressed herself to the cobbler.

    Rose O'Paradise Grace Miller White
British Dictionary definitions for cogitating


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 cogitating



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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