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

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

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

Synonyms for premeditate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for premeditate

aim, plot, intend, consider, plan

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British Dictionary definitions for premeditate



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

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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