The definition of cognition is the mental process of thinking and understanding and the understanding that comes from this mental process.(noun)
An example of cognition is the thought process you undergo when you learn how to do a new math problem for the first time.
See cognition in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME cognicioun < L cognitio, knowledge < cognitus, pp. of cognoscere, to know < co-, together + gnoscere, know
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Origin: Middle English cognicioun
Origin: , from Latin cognitiō, cognitiōn-
Origin: , from cognitus
Origin: , past participle of cognōscere, to learn
Origin: : co-, intensive pref.; see co-
Origin: + gnōscere, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
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