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

  • transitive v. To reflect on; contemplate.
  • transitive v. To plan in the mind; intend: meditated a visit to her daughter.
  • intransitive v. Buddhism & Hinduism To train, calm, or empty the mind, often by achieving an altered state, as by focusing on a single object.
  • intransitive v. To engage in devotional contemplation, especially prayer.
  • intransitive v. To think or reflect, especially in a calm and deliberate manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To contemplate; to keep the mind fixed upon; to study.
  • v. To sit or lie down and come to a deep rest while still remaining conscious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To keep the mind in a state of contemplation; to dwell on anything in thought; to think seriously; to muse; to cogitate; to reflect.
  • transitive v. To contemplate; to keep the mind fixed upon; to study.
  • transitive v. To purpose; to intend; to design; to plan by revolving in the mind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To think abstractedly; engage in mental contemplation; revolve a subject in the mind; cogitate; ruminate.
  • To think out a plan or method; engage in planning or contriving; fix one's thoughts with reference to a result or conclusion: followed by on or upon.
  • Synonyms To consider, reflect. See list under contemplate, v. t.
  • To plan; design; intend.
  • To think on; revolve in the mind; consider.
  • To observe thoughtfully or intently; contemplate vigilantly; watch.
  • Synonyms To devise, concoct.
  • To contemplate, ruminate, revolve, study.

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

  • v. reflect deeply on a subject
  • v. think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes


Latin meditārī, meditāt-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin meditatus, past participle of meditari ("to think or reflect upon, consider, design, purpose, intend"), in form as if frequentative of mederi ("to heal, to cure, to remedy"); in sense and in form near to Greek μελεταν (meletan, "to care for, attend to, study, practise, etc.") (Wiktionary)



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