verb Etymology: Latin praemeditatus, past participle of praemeditari, from prae- + meditari to meditate Date: circa 1548 transitive verb to think about and revolve in the mind beforehand intransitive verb to think, consider, or deliberate beforehand • premeditator noun

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  • premeditate — pre·med·i·tate /pri me də ˌtāt/ vb tat·ed, tat·ing vt: to think about or consider beforehand must premeditate the killing and deliberate about it W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr. vi: to think or consider beforehand Merriam Webster’s Dictionary… …   Law dictionary

  • Premeditate — Pre*med i*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Premeditated} ( t[=a] t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Premeditating}.] [L. praemeditatus, p. p. of praemeditari; prae before + meditari to meditate. See {Meditate}.] To think on, and revolve in the mind, beforehand; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Premeditate — Pre*med i*tate, v. i. To think, consider, deliberate, or revolve in the mind, beforehand. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Premeditate — Pre*med i*tate, a. [L. praemeditatus, p. p.] Premeditated; deliberate. [Archaic] Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • premeditate — (v.) 1540s, from PRE (Cf. pre ) + MEDITATE (Cf. meditate). Related: Premeditated; premeditating …   Etymology dictionary

  • premeditate — [prē med′ə tāt΄] vt. premeditated, premeditating [< L praemeditatus, pp. of praemeditari: see PRE & MEDITATE] to think out, plan, or scheme beforehand [a premeditated murder] vi. to think or meditate beforehand premeditatedly adv.… …   English World dictionary

  • premeditate — premeditative, adj. premeditator, n. /pri med i tayt /, v.t., premeditated, premeditating. to meditate, consider, or plan beforehand: to premeditate a murder. [1540 50; < L praemeditatus ptp. of praemeditari to contemplate in advance. See PRE ,… …   Universalium

  • premeditate — verb To plan ahead of time …   Wiktionary

  • premeditate — Synonyms and related words: calculate, cook up, fix, forethink, frame, frame up, pack, pack the deal, plan, plot, prearrange, preconcert, preconsider, precontrive, predecide, predesign, predetermine, preorder, prepare, preresolve, rig, scheme,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • premeditate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. calculate, plan, predesign, resolve, prearrange. See intention. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. propose, aim, plot; see intend 1 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To consider and plan in advance:… …   English dictionary for students

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