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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive & transitive verb To take careful thought or think carefully about; ponder. synonym: think.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To think earnestly or studiously; reflect; ponder; meditate: as, to cogitate upon means of escape.
  • To revolve in the mind; think about attentively; meditate on; hence, devise or plan: as, he is cogitating mischief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To think over; to plan.
  • intransitive verb To engage in continuous thought; to think.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To meditate, to ponder, to think deeply.
  • verb transitive To consider, to devise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
  • verb consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin cōgitāre, cōgitāt- : co-, intensive pref.; see co– + agitāre, to consider; see agitate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From cōgitāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Latin cōgitō ("I think").

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