Definition of premeditate in US English:



[with object]usually as adjective premeditated
  • Think out or plan (an action, especially a crime) beforehand.

    ‘premeditated murder’
    • ‘This theft was premeditated because the barrow is completely worthless to anyone other than a trader.’
    • ‘It is a totally premeditated crime and the criminals have to very carefully plan their moves.’
    • ‘Suicides can be premeditated and planned, but that doesn't make them any less desperate.’
    • ‘Ending up at Concordia after a childhood spent moving between Europe, Africa and the U.S. wasn't premeditated.’
    • ‘Thankfully the injuries were not more severe and the offence was not premeditated.’
    • ‘The officer said the attack was premeditated because of the level of violence used by possibly more than one offender.’
    • ‘It is clear that these offences were premeditated, determined and threatening in their intent.’
    • ‘All three also received ridiculously short sentences for such a base, premeditated act of cruelty.’
    • ‘Prosecutors have argued that the crime was premeditated and that while she was mentally ill, she was not insane when she acted.’
    • ‘He is definitely planning, premeditating the next murder.’
    • ‘The deceased's use of violence was not premeditated and he had no intention to kill.’
    • ‘Based on the evidence available to this point, it is not possible to determine if the attack on her car was premeditated or not.’
    • ‘The robbery was not premeditated and was a spur of the moment decision.’
    • ‘Sexual assault by its very nature is a crime that is premeditated, calculated and committed in secret.’
    planned, intentional, intended, deliberate, pre-planned, calculated, cold-blooded, conscious, done on purpose, wilful, prearranged, preconceived, considered, studied, purposive
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Mid 16th century (earlier ( late Middle English) as premeditation): from Latin praemeditat- ‘thought out before’, from the verb praemeditari, from prae ‘before’ + meditari ‘meditate’.