- to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.
- to engage in transcendental meditation, devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection.
- to consider as something to be done or effected; intend; purpose: to meditate revenge.
Origin of meditate
1550–60; < Latin meditātus, past participle of meditārī to meditate, contemplate, plan
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Examples from the Web for meditate
Von Furstenberg generally refuses to meditate on the meaning of life.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress
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As a Christian, I try to meditate or pray at least once a day, however briefly.Can We Lose the Violent Muslim Cliché?
October 12, 2014
But the more you meditate on it, the deeper its wisdom becomes.Why Kids Are Making Us Crazy
March 30, 2014
After I meditate, I shoot a strong espresso and go to the desk.
Most mornings, as soon as I rise, I meditate for half an hour.
I haven't the least desire to sit alone and moon and meditate.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He is expected to see and to sing, not to scrutinize and meditate.The Book of Old English Ballads
George Wharton Edwards
Among these tranquillising objects, it is my delight to walk and meditate.
I shut myself into this place of seclusion, after breakfast, and meditate.
It sent his mind inwards; it drove him to meditate upon the laws and secrets of his art.Self-Help
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to think about something deeply
- (intr) to reflect deeply on spiritual matters, esp as a religious actI make space to meditate every day
- (tr) to plan, consider, or think of doing (something)
C16: from Latin meditārī to reflect upon
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Word Origin and History for meditate
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