to use one's brain; think
Origin of cerebrate; from Classical Latin cerebrum (see cerebellum) + -ate
intransitive verbcer·e·brat·ed, cer·e·brat·ing, cer·e·brates
To use the power of reason; think. See Synonyms at think.
Origin of cerebrateBack-formation from cerebration, act of thinking, from Latin cerebrum, brain; see cerebrum.
(third-person singular simple present cerebrates, present participle cerebrating, simple past and past participle cerebrated)