Definition of meditation in US English:

meditation

noun

  • 1The action or practice of meditating.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

meditation

/ˌmedəˈtāSH(ə)n//ˌmɛdəˈteɪʃ(ə)n/