verb (used without object), med·i·tat·ed, med·i·tat·ing.

  1. to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.
  2. to engage in transcendental meditation, devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection.

verb (used with object), med·i·tat·ed, med·i·tat·ing.

  1. to consider as something to be done or effected; intend; purpose: to meditate revenge.


  1. (intr; foll by on or upon) to think about something deeply
  2. (intr) to reflect deeply on spiritual matters, esp as a religious actI make space to meditate every day
  3. (tr) to plan, consider, or think of doing (something)

v.1580s, “to ponder,” back-formation from meditation, or else from Latin meditatus, past participle of meditari (see meditation). Related: Meditated; meditating.

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