Definition of cogitate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒdʒɪteɪt/


[no object] formal
Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect: he stroked his beard and retired to cogitate
More example sentences
  • Editorials and longer opinion pieces shout crudely at us, whereas a good essay should meditate, cogitate and ruminate in a solid literary style.
  • I'm not exactly over the moon at being another year older but my wife is taking me away for the weekend to meditate, cogitate and recuperate in Cornwall.
  • Consider and reconsider and think and ponder and ruminate and cogitate all you will - Lady Josephine - but my convictions remain the same.



Pronunciation: /ˈkɒdʒɪtətɪv/
Example sentences
  • It was a celebration of the human mind in all its cogitative glory.
  • Meanwhile, another one of the band's finest recent tracks seems too bold an opening statement for this deeply cogitative collection.
  • The CD is a more personal affair, deep cogitative blues mingling with the bleaker registers.


Example sentences
  • As a writer of fiction, as well as a cultural cogitator, how do you think about a world in which we are immortal?
  • She is but one of many distinguished political cogitators in the entertainment industry.
  • He also is a curious philosopher who dares to venture into seldom-trod territory that more cantankerous cogitators ardently avoid.


Late 16th century: from Latin cogitat- 'considered', from the verb cogitare, from co- 'together' + agitare 'turn over, consider'.

  • This come from the Latin word cogitare ‘to consider’. The first person singular of this is seen in Descartes's formula (1641) cogito, ergo sum ‘I think therefore I am’. From the same verb comes cogent (mid 17th century) ‘logical and convincing’.

Words that rhyme with cogitate

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