[ koj-i-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən /


concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation: After hours of cogitation he came up with a new proposal.
the faculty of thinking: She was a serious student and had a great power of cogitation.
a thought; design or plan: to jot down one's cogitations.

Nearby words

  1. coggan,
  2. cogged,
  3. coggle,
  4. cogitable,
  5. cogitate,
  6. cogitative,
  7. cogito, ergo sum,
  8. cognac,
  9. cognate,
  10. cognate object

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

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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper