- 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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1. ponder, muse; ruminate; cogitate, study, think. 3. contemplate, plan, devise, contrive.
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Examples from the Web for meditated
They prayed or meditated but did not chant slogans or talk to each other, in order to skirt the blanket ban on public assembly.'Revolution 2.0' and 'Liberation Square' Reviewed
January 18, 2012
She stopped the running and meditated with a steady, hard deliberation.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
He sat for many years by the banks of the Indus, and meditated.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Vargrave forbore to mention what the meditated investment was.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Inside, he sat down upon the oats-box, and meditated upon what he should do.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Miss Sommerton meditated bitterly on the disappointments and annoyances of the day.One Day's Courtship
- (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 meditated
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