Definition of premeditate in English:

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Pronunciation: /prēˈmedətāt/


[with object] (usually as adjective premeditated)
Think out or plan (an action, especially a crime) beforehand: premeditated murder
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  • It is clear that these offences were premeditated, determined and threatening in their intent.
  • It is a totally premeditated crime and the criminals have to very carefully plan their moves.
  • Prosecutors have argued that the crime was premeditated and that while she was mentally ill, she was not insane when she acted.
planned, intentional, deliberate, preplanned, calculated, cold-blooded, conscious, prearranged


Mid 16th century (earlier (late Middle English) as premeditation): from Latin praemeditat- 'thought out before', from the verb praemeditari, from prae 'before' + meditari 'meditate'.

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Syllabification: pre·med·i·tate

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