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verb (used without object), cog·i·tat·ed, cog·i·tat·ing.
  1. to think hard; ponder; meditate: to cogitate about a problem.
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verb (used with object), cog·i·tat·ed, cog·i·tat·ing.
  1. to think about; devise: to cogitate a scheme.
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Origin of cogitate

1555–65; < Latin cōgitātus (past participle of cōgitāre), equivalent to co- co- + agitātus; see agitate
Related formscog·i·tat·ing·ly, adverbcog·i·ta·tor, nounpre·cog·i·tate, verb, pre·cog·i·tat·ed, pre·cog·i·tat·ing.

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Related Words for cogitate

ponder, ruminate, cerebrate, consider, figure, deliberate, conceive, muse, reflect, contemplate, reason, meditate, imagine, speculate, brainstorm, envisage, envision

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Contemporary Examples of cogitate

Historical Examples of cogitate

  • Father Brown seemed to cogitate; he lifted a little whitebait on his fork.

  • But he did not stop to cogitate either one way or the other.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page

  • Here in Topeka there was nothing to do but cogitate and reflect.

  • I often cogitate over what accident must have befallen Jacob Canfield.

    Two Wonderful Detectives

    Harlan Page Halsey

  • Let me see; let me think, reflect, cogitate, tickle the thinker.

    The Varmint

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for cogitate


  1. to think deeply about (a problem, possibility, etc); ponder
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Derived Formscogitatingly, adverbcogitation, nouncogitator, noun

Word Origin for cogitate

C16: from Latin cōgitāre, from co- (intensive) + agitāre to turn over, agitate
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Word Origin and History for cogitate


late 16c., from Latin cogitatus, past participle of cogitare "to think" (see cogitation). Related: Cogitated; cogitating.

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