- 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 (“to think or reflect upon, consider, design, purpose, intend”), in form as if frequentative of mederi (“to heal, to cure, to remedy”); in sense and in form near to Greek μελεταν (meletan, “to care for, attend to, study, practise, etc.”)