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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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
I wouldn't put the question to you for the world, and expose you to the inconvenience of having to ... excogitate an answer. Henry James, Washington Square, 1880
The average politician knows fully as little or as much about railway management as he does about photographing the moon or applying the solar spectrum; yet, once upon a board of railway commissioners, he is required to excogitate and frame rules for an industry which not only supplies the financial arteries of a continent, but holds the lives as well as the credits of its citizens dependent upon the click of a telegraph or the angle of a semaphore ... Appleton Morgan, "The Political Control of Railways: Is It Confiscation?" Popular Science Monthly, February 1889
Origin of excogitate
1520-1530
Excogitate comes from Latin excōgitātus, the past participle of excōgitāre meaning “to devise, invent, think out.” It entered English in the 1520s.