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excogitate

Syllabification: ex·cog·i·tate
Pronunciation: /ekˈskäjəˌtāt
 
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Definition of excogitate in English:

verb

[with object] formal
Think out, plan, or devise: scholars straining to excogitate upon subjects of which they know little
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

excogitation

1
Pronunciation: /ekˌskäjiˈtāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • For this is the cleverness not of cognition, but of excogitation threaded on a string of episodes a bit too thick for credence.

Words that rhyme with excogitate

cogitate

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