- to think hard; ponder; meditate: to cogitate about a problem.
- to think about; devise: to cogitate a scheme.
Origin of cogitate
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1. deliberate, reflect. 2. weigh.
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Examples from the Web for 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.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
While he was cogitating over this he heard a shrill whistle from below.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks
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
- to think deeply about (a problem, possibility, etc); ponder
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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