Definition of meditate in English:



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  • 1Focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.

    ‘I set aside time every day to write and meditate’
    ‘it was here that the monk spent much of the day reading and meditating on Scripture’
    • ‘When we meditate and clear our minds we are aligning the energy fields back into balance.’
    • ‘The gentle spin of the wheel is supposed to concentrate the mind in order to meditate.’
    • ‘She was supposed to be meditating, and clearing her mind, but there was too much going on to do that.’
    • ‘I don't mind what religion people are, I think anyone can meditate but I think as a form of prayer it really has that special depth.’
    • ‘I usually try to meditate to clear my mind of distractions, but I hadn't had a chance.’
    • ‘She sunk into the part of her mind where she went when she had to meditate.’
    • ‘Personal practice is a period in the day that we have set aside to meditate.’
    • ‘Shoving these thoughts aside, he meditated, laboriously clearing his mind.’
    • ‘Often we just plop ourselves down to meditate and just let the mind take us wherever it may.’
    • ‘He went to therapy, read books on spirituality, meditated, and tried to go cold turkey.’
    • ‘As Howard meditated in silence, his mind cleared and his self-centered thoughts faded away.’
    • ‘I always try to have a place to worship in my own way, even if I do nothing but meditate and rest my mind.’
    • ‘Virtually anyone can meditate and focus; awareness and relaxation improve with practice.’
    • ‘I went into my own deep silence and meditated so that I could be clear and calm.’
    • ‘Passengers have a right to relax, read, work in silence or simply meditate.’
    • ‘In complete silence, I meditated and fought off the frightening hallucinations which often happen in the face of sensory deprivation.’
    • ‘A natural endurance athlete, he spends a lot of time meditating, doing yoga, and simply focusing on breathing.’
    • ‘Ever since I remember, I have been praying, meditating and attending spiritual workshops.’
    • ‘He meditated and focused, like Unia taught him to.’
    • ‘Each of them sat in place, meditating, getting their focus back.’
    ponder, reflect, deliberate, contemplate, muse, cogitate, ruminate, be lost in thought, be in a brown study, brood
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    1. 1.1meditate on/upon Think deeply about (something)
      ‘he went off to meditate on the new idea’
      • ‘Too much meditating on this gave me the jitters twice over.’
      • ‘Toward that end one resolves to listen to, reflect upon, and meditate on the teachings energetically.’
      • ‘He meditates on history, ponders sea life, ruminates on the land-water divide, and marvels at public housing, great bridges and giant electrical plants.’
      • ‘I suspect meditating on this idea might relieve me of some of my day-to-day anxiety derived from my high expectations of my own performance.’
      • ‘He has chosen wisely and well, inviting us to reflect and meditate on his selections.’
      • ‘Who wants to spend their time meditating on that happy thought?’
      • ‘As Maria flies to her daughter's bedside, she meditates on her own life.’
      • ‘The next few moments were spent meditating on that verse.’
      • ‘I've been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you.’
      • ‘I've been meditating on an image for a woodcut and this may well be it.’
      contemplate, think about, consider, ponder, cogitate, muse
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    2. 1.2with object Plan mentally; consider.
      ‘they had suffered severely, and they began to meditate retreat’
      • ‘He was standing before the security guard, watching her contemplatively, as if he was meditating the meaning of a particularly meaningful painting.’
      • ‘And yet, turning in my trap, I saw her lingering before the door, very still, and as if meditating a flight up the miry road.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin meditat- ‘contemplated’, from the verb meditari, from a base meaning ‘measure’; related to mete.