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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. 2017.
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  • She was roused from these cogitations by a low voice, calling her name.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • I have related all this as I recollect it in order to show the reader the nature of my cogitations.

    Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
  • In the midst of the cogitations which followed upon the receipt of the inspector's letter another cablegram was handed in to me.

    The House by the Lock C. N. Williamson
  • She went on with her cogitations, staring hard, her head a little to one side.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • I found myself secured to the bulwarks, and left to my cogitations.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • That it could by any possibility be anything else did not enter his cogitations.

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

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • Dye it therefore and thoroughly soak it with the assiduity of these cogitations.

    Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • cogitations concerning the Hindustani Interpreter: colloid and crystalloid: the Armenians comments.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • He did not tell Cuffy the result of his cogitations, so that we cannot say anything further about them.

    Jarwin and Cuffy R.M. Ballantyne
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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