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Friday, February 03, 2012

Definitions for excogitate

  1. To think out; devise; invent.
  2. To study intently and carefully in order to grasp or comprehend fully.

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Citations for excogitate
But observe the singular phenomenon — on approximately the same date several thousand men and women of letters retire to secluded corners to excogitate a thing described as "charm"; each cudgeling his or her head for some variety which can possibly be regarded as original... Upton Sinclair, Money Writes!
I preferred to relate aloud, to excogitate in a lively, external manner, with a flow of invention as useless as was my declamation of it, a whole novel crammed with adventure, in which the Duchess, fallen upon misfortune… Marcel Proust, Swann's Way
Origin of excogitate
Excogitate is related to the word cogitate which means "to think." The prefix ex- typically means "out of", but in this case it means "thoroughly."