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premeditate

[pri-med-i-teyt]
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verb (used with object), pre·med·i·tat·ed, pre·med·i·tat·ing.
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for premeditate

Historical Examples

  • It is most plain,” said Euthydemus, “that it is he who deceives with premeditate design.

    The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates

    Xenophon

  • If we arrange our own exists, we will also premeditate our own agonies.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern


British Dictionary definitions for premeditate

premeditate

verb
  1. to plan or consider (something, such as a violent crime) beforehand
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Derived Formspremeditatedly, adverbpremeditative, adjectivepremeditator, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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