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[koj-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
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
1175-1225; Middle English cogitaciun < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cōgitātiōn- (stem of cōgitātiō), equivalent to cōgitāt(us) (see cogitate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
precogitation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cogitations
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  • His cogitations were interrupted by the sound of voices in the adjoining room.

  • The result of my cogitations was the resolution to take care of myself.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The sharp ring of the telephone put an end to his cogitations.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • Madge reached for the object of her cogitations and inserted it in the lock.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • I have related all this as I recollect it in order to show the reader the nature of my cogitations.

    Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
  • She went on with her cogitations, staring hard, her head a little to one side.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • That it could by any possibility be anything else did not enter his cogitations.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • A step disturbed her cogitations at that moment, and Aunt Emily came into view.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • All these cogitations because a woman had entered his life 223 uninvited!

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • The result of the girl's cogitations left her exactly where she started.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
Word Origin and History for cogitations



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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