Definitions for: Meditate

[v] reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
[v] think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study"

Webster (1913) Definition: Med"i*tate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Meditated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Meditating.] [L. meditatus, p. p. of meditari to
meditate; cf. Gr. ? to learn, E. mind.]
To keep the mind in a state of contemplation; to dwell on
anything in thought; to think seriously; to muse; to
cogitate; to reflect. --Jer. Taylor.

In his law doth he meditate day and night. --Ps. i. 2.

Med"i*tate, v. t.
1. To contemplate; to keep the mind fixed upon; to study.
``Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things.''
--Ecclus. xiv. 20.

2. To purpose; to intend; to design; to plan by revolving in
the mind; as, to meditate a war.

I meditate to pass the remainder of life in a state
of undisturbed repose. --Washington.

Syn: To consider; ponder; weigh; revolve; study.

Usage: To Meditate, Contemplate, Intend. We meditate a
design when we are looking out or waiting for the
means of its accomplishment; we contemplate it when
the means are at hand, and our decision is nearly or
quite made. To intend is stronger, implying that we
have decided to act when an opportunity may offer. A
general meditates an attack upon the enemy; he
contemplates or intends undertaking it at the earliest
convenient season.

Synonyms: chew over, contemplate, excogotate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over

See Also: bethink, brood, cerebrate, cogitate, consider, dwell, introspect, premeditate, puzzle, question, study, theologise, theologize, think, wonder, worry

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