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

    The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates


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

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

British Dictionary definitions for premeditate


  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


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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