Definition of excogitate in English:



  • Think out, plan, or devise.

    ‘scholars straining to excogitate upon subjects of which they know little’
    • ‘But it was impossible to say whether these excogitated phantasms should be played thus or otherwise, and whether the ultimate meaning was how things change or how they don't.’
    • ‘We get instead more or less cleverly excogitated, linguistically acrobatic flippancy, along with characters who bypass the heart and end up not mattering.’
    • ‘More often Arthur tells jokes - set pieces that, though funny, are either old hat or burdened with so much excogitated emphasis as to, rather than prance like Lippizaners, plod like Percherons.’
    • ‘Nicholas Martin, the director, apparently wanted to make the play more palatable by emphasizing its comic aspects, both those written by Ibsen and those, more numerous, excogitated by Martin.’
    • ‘This is largely Jewish family comedy with everyone in everyone else's hair, though most of the contentiousness seems laboriously excogitated.’
    • ‘He also owes debts to the cultural anthropology of Clifford Geertz and to the theory of scientific revolutions excogitated by Thomas Kuhn.’
    • ‘Further, the idea that only Salieri, the mortal enemy, fully appreciated Mozart's genius - albeit clandestinely and self-tormentingly - also feels excogitated and incredible.’
    • ‘In Twelfth Night or What You Will, the subtitle, I assume, refers to what an audience desires, not to what a director excogitates.’


Early 16th century: from Latin excogitat- found by process of thought from the verb excogitare, from ex- out + cogitare think.