Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To form an intent to carry out (an action, such as a crime); intend to carry out.
  • intransitive verb To premeditate an action, especially a crime.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To meditate beforehand; think about and contrive previously; precogitate.
  • To meditate beforehand; deliberate upon future action.
  • Contrived by previous thought; premeditated.
  • Using premeditation; disposed to premeditate.

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

  • intransitive verb To think, consider, deliberate, or revolve in the mind, beforehand.
  • adjective Archaic Premeditated; deliberate.
  • transitive verb To think on, and revolve in the mind, beforehand; to contrive and design previously.

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

  • verb To plan ahead of time.

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

  • verb consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand
  • verb think or reflect beforehand or in advance

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Examples

  • Men in these cases made the decision to commit murder, and in many cases, it was premeditate, meaning they thought long and hard of what they intended to do, and planned their courses of action.

    “Don’t want to be murdered? Don’t marry a murderer!”

  • Setting back the cause of the mentally ill despite his legislative good deeds, Patrick Kennedy seemed to be making an excuse for those who premeditate murderous rampages.

    Robert David Jaffee: Media Coverage of Mental Illness Follows Familiar Line

  • Maddy Cohan always managed to make him self-conscious, causing him to premeditate every reaction to her, even simple gestures of greeting.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Maddy Cohan always managed to make him self-conscious, causing him to premeditate every reaction to her, even simple gestures of greeting.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Maddy Cohan always managed to make him self-conscious, causing him to premeditate every reaction to her, even simple gestures of greeting.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Maddy Cohan always managed to make him self-conscious, causing him to premeditate every reaction to her, even simple gestures of greeting.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Maddy Cohan always managed to make him self-conscious, causing him to premeditate every reaction to her, even simple gestures of greeting.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Setting back the cause of the mentally ill despite his legislative good deeds, Patrick Kennedy seemed to be making an excuse for those who premeditate murderous rampages.

    Robert David Jaffee: Media Coverage of Mental Illness Follows Familiar Line

  • Maddy Cohan always managed to make him self-conscious, causing him to premeditate every reaction to her, even simple gestures of greeting.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • I don't really premeditate what I write my songs about, you know they just kind of happen, and I can't start writing songs to please a certain group of people or propagate a certain message all the time, that's just not how my songwriting works -- it just sort of comes out and the songs are what they are.

    Tax Day, Conor Oberst Style - Give to Charity, Give Away a Film

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