premeditate

[ pri-med-i-teyt ]
/ prɪˈmɛd ɪˌteɪt /

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

to meditate, consider, or plan beforehand: to premeditate a murder.

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Origin of premeditate

1540–50; < Latin praemeditātus past participle of praemeditārī to contemplate in advance. See pre-, meditate

Related formspre·med·i·ta·tive, adjectivepre·med·i·ta·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for premeditate

premeditate

/ (prɪˈmɛdɪˌteɪt) /

verb

to plan or consider (something, such as a violent crime) beforehand
Derived Formspremeditatedly, adverbpremeditative, adjectivepremeditator, noun

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Word Origin and History for premeditate

premeditate

v.

1540s, from pre- + meditate, or a back formation from premeditation, or else from Latin praemeditatus, past participle of praemeditari "to think over." Related: Premeditated; premeditating.

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