[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. mediolateral,
  2. medionecrosis,
  3. mediotarsal,
  4. mediotarsal amputation,
  5. medit.,
  6. meditation,
  7. meditative,
  8. mediterranean,
  9. mediterranean climate,
  10. mediterranean exanthematous fever

Origin of meditate

1550–60; < Latin meditātus, past participle of meditārī to meditate, contemplate, plan

Related formsmed·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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for meditated


/ (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 Formsmeditative, adjectivemeditatively, adverbmeditativeness, nounmeditator, noun

Word Origin for meditate

C16: from Latin meditārī to reflect upon

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Word Origin and History for meditated



1580s, "to ponder," back-formation from meditation, or else from Latin meditatus, past participle of meditari (see meditation). Related: Meditated; meditating.

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