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verb (used with object), ex·cog·i·tat·ed, ex·cog·i·tat·ing.
  1. to think out; devise; invent.
  2. to study intently and carefully in order to grasp or comprehend fully.
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Origin of excogitate

1520–30; < Latin excōgitātus past participle of excōgitāre. to devise, invent, think out. See ex-1, cogitate
Related formsex·cog·i·ta·ble [eks-koj-i-tuh-buh l] /ɛksˈkɒdʒ ɪ tə bəl/, adjectiveex·cog·i·ta·tion, nounex·cog·i·ta·tive, adjectiveex·cog·i·ta·tor, nounun·ex·cog·i·ta·ble, adjectiveun·ex·cog·i·tat·ed, adjectiveun·ex·cog·i·ta·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Here the little thinker is not often left to excogitate a theory for himself.

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    James Sully

  • He must first think and excogitate his matter, then choose his words, and examine the weight of either.

  • And he had four days a week in which to excogitate new methods of creating a fortune.

  • No other author would have taken the trouble to excogitate him, and then treat him so badly.

British Dictionary definitions for excogitate


verb (tr)
  1. to devise, invent, or contrive
  2. to think out in detail
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Derived Formsexcogitable, adjectiveexcogitation, nounexcogitative, adjectiveexcogitator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin excōgitāre, from cōgitāre to ponder, cogitate
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