One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To think over (something) again.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Lodge (1558–1625), author and physician. Either from classical Latin recōgitāt-, past participial stem of recōgitāre to reflect, consider, to think (something) over, in post-classical Latin also to change one's mind (in an undated glossary in Du Cange; from re- + cōgitāre), or from re- + cogitate. Compare Middle French recogiter.
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