[ med-i-teyt ]
/ ˈmɛd ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used without object), med·i·tat·ed, med·i·tat·ing.

to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.
to engage in transcendental meditation, devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection.

verb (used with object), med·i·tat·ed, med·i·tat·ing.

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


med·i·tat·ing·ly, adverbmed·i·ta·tor, nounun·med·i·tat·ed, adjectiveun·med·i·tat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for meditate

/ (ˈmɛdɪˌteɪt) /


(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)

Derived forms of meditate

meditative, adjectivemeditatively, adverbmeditativeness, nounmeditator, noun

Word Origin for meditate

C16: from Latin meditārī to reflect upon
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