- concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation: After hours of cogitation he came up with a new proposal.
- the faculty of thinking: She was a serious student and had a great power of cogitation.
- a thought; design or plan: to jot down one's cogitations.
Origin of cogitation
Examples from the Web for cogitation
At last, after days of talk and cogitation, we named our house "Rudder Grange."Rudder Grange
Frank R. Stockton
The lad gave a prolonged whistle, and was lost for a moment in cogitation.The Light of Scarthey
Dawn and her grandma had given me too much food for cogitation.Some Everyday Folk and Dawn
The goldsmith seemed to think, and his cogitation made him smile.The Tale of Timber Town
Fleetwood put on the mask of cogitation to cover a shudder, 'How?'The Amazing Marriage, Complete
Word Origin and History for cogitation
c.1200, "thought, idea, notion," from Old French cogitacion "thought, consideration, reflection," from Latin cogitationem (nominative cogitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cogitare "to think, reflect, consider, turn over in the mind," apparently from co-agitare, from com- "together" (see co-) + agitare, here in a sense of "to turn over in the mind," literally "to put in constant motion, drive, impel," frequentative of agere "to move, drive" (see agitation).