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[koj-i-tey-shuh n]
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  1. concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation: After hours of cogitation he came up with a new proposal.
  2. the faculty of thinking: She was a serious student and had a great power of cogitation.
  3. a thought; design or plan: to jot down one's cogitations.
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Origin of cogitation

1175–1225; Middle English cogitaciun < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cōgitātiōn- (stem of cōgitātiō), equivalent to cōgitāt(us) (see cogitate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspre·cog·i·ta·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • At last, after days of talk and cogitation, we named our house "Rudder Grange."

    Rudder Grange

    Frank R. Stockton

  • The lad gave a prolonged whistle, and was lost for a moment in cogitation.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle

  • Dawn and her grandma had given me too much food for cogitation.

  • The goldsmith seemed to think, and his cogitation made him smile.

  • Fleetwood put on the mask of cogitation to cover a shudder, 'How?'

Word Origin and History for cogitation


c.1200, "thought, idea, notion," from Old French cogitacion "thought, consideration, reflection," from Latin cogitationem (nominative cogitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cogitare "to think, reflect, consider, turn over in the mind," apparently from co-agitare, from com- "together" (see co-) + agitare, here in a sense of "to turn over in the mind," literally "to put in constant motion, drive, impel," frequentative of agere "to move, drive" (see agitation).

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