Definition of cogitate in English:



[NO OBJECT]formal
  • Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect:

    ‘he stroked his beard and retired to cogitate’
    • ‘No matter how hard you study, ponder or cogitate, some things are just a mystery.’
    • ‘With a frustrated sigh, he sat back and cogitated, going over his various options.’
    • ‘When we are rushed to deliver short and sweet responses, we may lose our ability to cogitate and reflect.’
    • ‘If we had to cogitate every time we did anything, chances are we'd have a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning.’
    • ‘I am cogitating on this grave matter in connection with the death of Saul Bellow, the wonderful American writer.’
    • ‘When he's not in disguise, we're treated to close-ups of him brooding and cogitating - and looking like an elderly Hamlet.’
    • ‘Editorials and longer opinion pieces shout crudely at us, whereas a good essay should meditate, cogitate and ruminate in a solid literary style.’
    • ‘Consider and reconsider and think and ponder and ruminate and cogitate all you will - Lady Josephine - but my convictions remain the same.’
    • ‘I need to cogitate and ruminate on it a bit more before the official electoral prediction.’
    • ‘He apparently went off to work, where he cogitated on matters a little.’
    • ‘Mitch didn't want to give the temps time to cogitate over unionizing.’
    • ‘The whole obesity thing was just something to cogitate on.’
    • ‘It is my duty to observe, comment, cogitate and deliberate, and then to disseminate the wisdom I have gained by my efforts.’
    • ‘But having read this one it seemed so particularly relevant to an issue I've been cogitating on recently that I had to copy it and bring it home to write an entry on it.’
    • ‘It was a day to stay home and cogitate in front of the fire with a good book, a cup of coffee, and a warm blanket.’
    • ‘Perhaps he and his researchers should have spent a little more time cogitating on exactly why the taxpayer should give them any more money.’
    • ‘I'm not exactly over the moon at being another year older but my wife is taking me away for the weekend to meditate, cogitate and recuperate in Cornwall.’
    • ‘Holmes broke open a packet of plain chocolate hob nobs and looked at me. ‘If you don't mind, Watson, I wish to cogitate alone.'’
    • ‘Considering the divorce rate in this country, one might cogitate on why so many people still want to get hitched.’
    • ‘What's really bugging me is people trying to put words in my mouth or thoughts in my mind that I never pronounced or cogitated.’
    contemplate, consider, give thought to, give consideration to, mull over, ponder, ponder on, ponder over, deliberate, deliberate about, deliberate on, ruminate, ruminate about, ruminate on, ruminate over, dwell on, brood, brood on, brood over, chew over, speculate about, weigh up, revolve, turn over in one's mind, review, study, be in a brown study
    put on one's thinking cap
    pore on
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Late 16th century: from Latin cogitat- considered, from the verb cogitare, from co- together + agitare turn over, consider.