Share this entry
premeditate Syllabification: pre·med·i·tate
Pronunciation: /prēˈmedətāt/

Definition of premeditate in English:


[with object] (usually as adjective premeditated)
Think out or plan (an action, especially a crime) beforehand: premeditated murder
More example sentences
  • 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'.

Definition of premeditate in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources