December 10, 2012
- meditate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : to consider or think over carefully : contemplate b : to spend time in quiet thinking : reflect2 : intend, plan
- How do you use it?
- "‘You have known a great many interesting things, haven't you?' asked Demi, and fell to meditating on the vast experience of a boy who had run away more than once, and taken care of himself in a big city." (Louisa May Alcott, _Little Men_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Meditate on the list below and see if you can find a synonym of "meditate.""Meditate," "ponder," "muse," and "ruminate" all mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. "Meditate" implies a definite focusing of your thoughts on something in order to understand it deeply, as in "meditating on the meaning of life." "Ponder" implies carefully weighing a problem or thinking about a matter for a long time, even without reaching a conclusion, as in "pondering their next course of action." "Muse" suggests daydreaming often about a pleasant recollection or experience, as in "musing over childhood memories." "Ruminate" implies thinking over the same matter again and again, as in "ruminating on how the team could have done better."