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From Latin excōgitāre, from ex- + cōgitāre (think).


excogitate (third-person singular simple present excogitates, present participle excogitating, simple past and past participle excogitated)

  1. To think over something carefully; to consider fully; cogitate.
    • 1859–1860, William Hamilton, H[enry] L[ongueville] Mansel and John Veitch, editors, Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic [], volume (please specify |volume=I to IV), Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 648725:
      The first organs which Gall excogitated, he placed in the region of the sinus; and it is manifest he was then in happy unacquaintance with everything connected with that obnoxious cavity.
    • 2007, M. F. Burnyeat, ‘Other Lives’, London Review of Books 29:4, p. 3
      Did he ponder the harmony of the spheres? Certainly not: celestial spheres were first excogitated decades or more after Pythagoras' death.
  2. To reach as a conclusion through reason or careful thought.
    After many years of study, he excogitated a solution.
    • 1837, William Whewell, History of the Inductive Sciences
      This evidence [] thus excogitated out of the general theory.





  1. second-person plural present active imperative of excōgitō