- to think out carefully and fully
- to contrive, devise, or invent by such thought
Origin of excogitate; from Classical Latin excogitatus, past participle of excogitare: see ex- and amp; cogitate
transitive verbex·cog·i·tat·ed, ex·cog·i·tat·ing, ex·cog·i·tates
Origin of excogitateLatin exc&omacron;gitare, exc&omacron;gitat-, to find out by thinking : ex-, ex- + c&omacron;gitare, to think; see cogitate.
(third-person singular simple present excogitates, present participle excogitating, simple past and past participle excogitated)
From Latin excōgitāre, from ex- + cōgitāre ‘think’.