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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.

Synonyms for cogitate

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Related Words for cogitating

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

Examples from the Web for cogitating

Historical Examples of cogitating

  • The captain had a plan of his own, a plan he had been cogitating over for some time.

    A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales

    Guy De Maupassant

  • He sank overwhelmed to a chair, and took his head in his hands, cogitating.

  • While he was cogitating over this he heard a shrill whistle from below.

  • So I soon began meditating, and cogitating, and speculating again.

    Cat and Dog

    Julia Charlotte Maitland

  • For long I have been cogitating it and my mind is now firmly made up.

    Fibble, D. D.

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for cogitating


  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 cogitating



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

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