Definition of meditation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or practice of meditating.

    ‘a life of meditation’
    • ‘With that, Campbell was off for a hot bath, a spot of yoga, some stretching and a bit of meditation.’
    • ‘If you don't have peace in your life, it might be time to give meditation a try.’
    • ‘It is good to have regular practice at something - meditation, at the very least.’
    • ‘Now he was committing to no drink, no drugs, vegetarianism and two hours' meditation every day.’
    • ‘You enjoy silence and natural surroundings and heal yourself through meditation.’
    • ‘I personally had practised yoga and meditation and at times was quite dedicated.’
    • ‘So you can use the practices of yoga and meditation to find and establish your own way.’
    • ‘These are normally only experienced just before falling asleep, or during deep meditation.’
    • ‘Chinese gardens typically included a building for scholarly contemplation and meditation.’
    • ‘Apart from meditation, I can't think of a better way to pull the plug and truly unwind.’
    • ‘Practice yoga, meditation or have a massage to help relieve tension and anxiety’
    • ‘I think it's possible to achieve any state with meditation, it just takes practice.’
    • ‘There were no books or sources for other religious approaches, such as Eastern meditation or yoga.’
    • ‘I've experienced something very similar with guided meditation as part of a course.’
    • ‘For years I've included at least ten minutes or so of meditation in my daily practice.’
    • ‘We learn yoga and meditation but the practice slips away when you are caught up with work.’
    • ‘When we practice meditation, we think and analyze more clearly and effectively.’
    • ‘It is not passion, though, which fuels the real highlights of this display, but quiet meditation.’
    • ‘They are urged to try breathing exercises or meditation, and to discuss the tragedy with others.’
    • ‘If you thought yoga was all about quiet reflection and meditation, this will change that.’
    contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, prayer, deliberation, study, rumination, cogitation, brooding, mulling over, reverie, brown study, concentration, speculation
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject.
      ‘this is not a mythopoetic meditation on manhood, it's a historical study’
      • ‘This is evident from what we have of his written prayers and meditations.’
      • ‘They had been attending a festival event of talks, meditations and discussions in the city over Easter.’
      • ‘Her meditations on the female body are sensitive and intimate and depart from the sexually explicit or confrontational.’
      • ‘Discussions will include meditations on what mark a city leaves on a film after its been shot on location, and vice versa.’
      • ‘What follows is one of the most moving meditations on the value of a single life ever filmed.’
      • ‘There's a lot to be said on the film's meditations on memory and relationships and dealing with loss and such, but it's too late for me to delve into it.’
      • ‘The spiritual meditations included in this volume depart a bit from the usual church pieces.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister, for his part, relies to a large extent on the meditations of the Joint Intelligence Committee.’
      • ‘The writing, like much of Taylor's writing in the meditations, would be conventional if it were not so odd.’
      • ‘They have essays and poems in this companion volume of poems, essays and meditations.’
      • ‘Offering meditations on race and violence, the lyrics resonate as much as the atmospheric instrumentation.’
      • ‘Two-thirds of the book is a set of meditations on the Easter appearances of Jesus.’
      • ‘The meditations on addiction, whether that comes in the form of cigarettes or serial murder, were very chilling indeed.’
      • ‘If he never recorded another thing, these meditations on death would be a good life's work.’
      • ‘It's a collection of prayers and meditations from across beliefs and religions.’
      • ‘His books are also meditations on sadness, a fact more poignant when he says that his books are always about him.’
      • ‘Her unique view of the world is also evident in her meditations on fate.’
      • ‘It's that that makes the final poem in the meditations, written when he was eighty-one, so moving.’
      • ‘The result is a series of distant, icy meditations on life and living; impossibly remote and unhealthily introspective.’
      • ‘The grandfather is dying and the novel consists essentially of the grandson's memories and meditations around this death.’


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin meditatio(n-), from meditari (see meditate).