[ koj-i-teyt ]
/ ˈkɒdʒ ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used without object), cog·i·tat·ed, cog·i·tat·ing.

to think hard; ponder; meditate: to cogitate about a problem.

verb (used with object), cog·i·tat·ed, cog·i·tat·ing.

to think about; devise: to cogitate a scheme.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cogitate


/ (ˈkɒdʒɪˌteɪt) /


to think deeply about (a problem, possibility, etc); ponder
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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