verb (used with or without object), cer·e·brat·ed, cer·e·brat·ing.

to use the mind; think or think about.

Origin of cerebrate

1870–75; back formation from cerebration. See cerebrum, -ation
Related formscer·e·bra·tion, nouncer·e·bra·tion·al, adjective
Can be confusedcelebrate celibate cerebrate
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Examples from the Web for cerebration

Historical Examples of cerebration

  • I have brain, cerebration—not powerful but fine and of a remarkable quality.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • The story is full of observation, cerebration, and human affection.

    Essays on Modern Novelists

    William Lyon Phelps

  • Thus his chief instinct is cerebration—dreaming, meditating, visualizing, planning.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

  • Residual currents not sufficient to think this to an end; results of cerebration would be merely human.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • Examination immediately undertaken; scientists puzzled because cerebration processes continue to function perfectly.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

British Dictionary definitions for cerebration



the act of thinking; consideration; thought

Word Origin for cerebration

C19: from Latin cerebrum brain



(intr) usually facetious to use the mind; think; ponder; consider
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Word Origin and History for cerebration

1853, coined by English physiologist Dr. William B. Carpenter (1813-1885) from Latin cerebrum "brain" (see cerebral) + -ation. Related: Cerebrate (v.); cerebrated.

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Medicine definitions for cerebration




Activity of the mental processes; thinking.
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