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[ med-i-teyt ]

verb (used without object)

, med·i·tat·ed, med·i·tat·ing.
  1. to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.

    Synonyms: cogitate, ruminate, muse, ponder, think, study

  2. to engage in Transcendental Meditation, devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection.

verb (used with object)

, med·i·tat·ed, med·i·tat·ing.
  1. to consider as something to be done or effected; intend; purpose:

    to meditate revenge.

    Synonyms: contrive, devise, plan, contemplate


/ ˈmɛdɪˌteɪt /


  1. intr; foll by on or upon to think about something deeply
  2. intr to reflect deeply on spiritual matters, esp as a religious act

    I make space to meditate every day

  3. tr to plan, consider, or think of doing (something)

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmeditativeness, noun
  • ˈmeditatively, adverb
  • ˈmeditative, adjective
  • ˈmediˌtator, noun

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Other Words From

  • medi·tating·ly adverb
  • medi·tator noun
  • un·medi·tated adjective
  • un·medi·tating adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of meditate1

First recorded in 1550–60; from Latin meditātus “contemplated, planned,” past participle of meditārī “to meditate, contemplate, plan”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of meditate1

C16: from Latin meditārī to reflect upon

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Example Sentences

Her “ethics of care,” as she called it, involved encouraging the boys to take music lessons, read books and even meditate when she could persuade them to join her.

Somehow, he finds time every day to exercise for an hour and to meditate.

You can become someone who exercises and meditates every day and always drinks eight glasses of water.

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The most bare-bones way to meditate is to focus on your breathing.

For the best results, consider turning off all push notifications at least while you’re meditating, and perhaps even for longer stretches of time surrounding your practice.

Von Furstenberg generally refuses to meditate on the meaning of life.

As a Christian, I try to meditate or pray at least once a day, however briefly.

There are yogis who actually meditate, pray, and are deeply concerned with the survival and well-being of our planet.

But the more you meditate on it, the deeper its wisdom becomes.

After I meditate, I shoot a strong espresso and go to the desk.

Much less would it help you to meditate upon the pure and holy things of God.

If it suits your evolutions, aunt Kitty and myself meditate a Sussex journey next week.

But some mornings I make observations through the tent flap that I cannot stay in bed to meditate on.

Again he began to meditate an attempt to escape, and on a certain evening, set off from the convent.

They then reviled him, and spurned him away from their sight, and began to meditate measures of violence against him.


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