Meditate Med"i*tate, v. t. 1. To contemplate; to keep the mind fixed upon; to study. ``Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things.'' --Ecclus. xiv. 20. [1913 Webster]

2. To purpose; to intend; to design; to plan by revolving in the mind; as, to meditate a war. [1913 Webster]

I meditate to pass the remainder of life in a state of undisturbed repose. --Washington. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To consider; ponder; weigh; revolve; study.

Usage: To {Meditate}, {Contemplate}, {Intend}. We meditate a design when we are looking out or waiting for the means of its accomplishment; we contemplate it when the means are at hand, and our decision is nearly or quite made. To intend is stronger, implying that we have decided to act when an opportunity may offer. A general meditates an attack upon the enemy; he contemplates or intends undertaking it at the earliest convenient season. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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