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 μελετῶ (meletô, “to care for, attend to, study, practise, etc.”)
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- (intransitive) To contemplate; to keep the mind fixed upon something; to study.
- (intransitive) To sit or lie down and come to a deep rest while still remaining conscious.
- (transitive) To consider; to reflect on.
- 1761, John Toland, The Life Of Iohn[sic] Milton:
- […] yet I can by no means be persuaded that he could find leisure enough to write so many copies of it in his solitudes and sufferings, in the midst of treaties, in the hurry of removals, while he meditated his escape, and was strictly observ'd by his guards.
- 1956, William Golding, Pincher Martin:
- He lay and meditated the sluggishness of his bowels. This created pictures of chrome and porcelain and attendant circumstances.
- See also Thesaurus:ponder
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- meditate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- meditate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.