Definition of excogitate in English:


Syllabification: ex·cog·i·tate
Pronunciation: /ekˈskäjiˌtāt


[with object] formal
  • Think out, plan, or devise: scholars straining to excogitate upon subjects of which they know little
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    • Nicholas Martin, the director, apparently wanted to make the play more palatable by emphasizing its comic aspects, both those written by Ibsen and those, more numerous, excogitated by Martin.
    • More often Arthur tells jokes - set pieces that, though funny, are either old hat or burdened with so much excogitated emphasis as to, rather than prance like Lippizaners, plod like Percherons.
    • But it was impossible to say whether these excogitated phantasms should be played thus or otherwise, and whether the ultimate meaning was how things change or how they don't.



Pronunciation: /ekˌskäjiˈtāSHən/
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  • For this is the cleverness not of cognition, but of excogitation threaded on a string of episodes a bit too thick for credence.


early 16th century: from Latin excogitat- 'found by process of thought', from the verb excogitare, from ex- 'out' + cogitare 'think'.

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