- Meditate is defined as to sit quietly and clear the mind or be deep in thought.
An example of meditate is sitting in a quiet room and focusing only on your breath.
transitive verbmeditated, meditating
- Rare to reflect upon; study; ponder
- to plan or intend
Origin of meditate; from Classical Latin meditatus, past participle of meditari, to meditate: for base see medical
- to think deeply and continuously; reflect; muse
- to engage in or practice meditation (sense )
verbmed·i·tat·ed, med·i·tat·ing, med·i·tates
- a. To train, calm, or empty the mind, often by achieving an altered state, as by focusing on a single object, especially as a form of religious practice in Buddhism or Hinduism.b. To engage in focused thought on scriptural passages or on particular doctrines or mysteries of a religion, especially Christianity.c. To engage in devotional contemplation, especially prayer.
- To think or reflect, especially in a calm and deliberate manner.
- To engage in meditation regarding (a religious mystery, for example).
- To plan in the mind; intend: “Are you really serious in meditating a dance at Netherfield?” (Jane Austen).
Origin of meditateLatin meditārī, meditāt-; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present meditates, present participle meditating, simple past and past participle meditated)
- (intransitive) To contemplate; to keep the mind fixed upon something; to study.
- (intransitive) To sit or lie down and come to a deep rest while still remaining conscious.
From Latin meditatus, past participle of meditari (â€œto think or reflect upon, consider, design, purpose, intendâ€), in form as if frequentative of mederi (â€œto heal, to cure, to remedyâ€); in sense and in form near to Greek Î¼ÎµÎ»ÎµÏ„Î±Î½ (meletan, â€œto care for, attend to, study, practise, etc.â€)