from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To consider or think (something) out carefully and thoroughly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To think over something carefully; to consider fully; cogitate.
  • v. To come to a conclusion through reason or careful thought.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To cogitate.
  • transitive v. To think out; to find out or discover by thinking; to devise; to contrive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To think out; contrive; devise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reflect deeply on a subject
  • v. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort


Latin excōgitāre, excōgitāt-, to find out by thinking : ex-, ex- + cōgitāre, to think; see cogitate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin excōgitāre, from ex- + cōgitāre ‘think’. (Wiktionary)



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  • Though you may prefer to meditate
    Or idly to ponder and speculate,
    Should thinking involve
    Some problem to solve
    You'd better prepare to excogitate.

    September 29, 2016