v. med·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.
2. To think or reflect, especially in a calm and deliberate manner.
1. To engage in meditation regarding (a religious mystery, for example).
2. To plan in the mind; intend: "Are you really serious in meditating a dance at Netherfield?" (Jane Austen).
[Latin meditārī, meditāt-; see med- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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