• WordNet 3.6
    • v meditate reflect deeply on a subject "I mulled over the events of the afternoon","philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years","The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
    • v meditate think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes "He is meditating in his study"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meditate To contemplate; to keep the mind fixed upon; to study. "Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things."
    • v. i Meditate To keep the mind in a state of contemplation; to dwell on anything in thought; to think seriously; to muse; to cogitate; to reflect. "In his law doth he meditate day and night."
    • Meditate To purpose; to intend; to design; to plan by revolving in the mind; as, to meditate a war. "I meditate to pass the remainder of life in a state of undisturbed repose."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • meditate To think abstractedly; engage in mental contemplation; revolve a subject in the mind; cogitate; ruminate.
    • meditate To think out a plan or method; engage in planning or contriving; fix one's thoughts with reference to a result or conclusion: followed by on or upon.
    • meditate Synonyms To consider, reflect. See list under contemplate, v. t.
    • meditate To plan; design; intend.
    • meditate To think on; revolve in the mind; consider.
    • meditate To observe thoughtfully or intently; contemplate vigilantly; watch.
    • meditate Synonyms To devise, concoct.
    • meditate To contemplate, ruminate, revolve, study.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Meditate med′i-tāt to consider thoughtfully: to purpose (with on, upon)
    • v.t Meditate to think on: to revolve in the mind: to intend
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.”
  • Aristotle
    “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”
  • Eknath Easwaran
    Eknath Easwaran
    “Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose.”
  • Milarepa
    “The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.”
  • Patanjali
    “In deep meditation the flow of concentration is continuous like the flow of oil.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. meditatus, p. p. of meditari, to meditate; cf. Gr. to learn, E. mind,


In literature:

But he meditated awhile, and took on a more cheerful face.
"Philip Winwood" by Robert Neilson Stephens
We are not now dealing with the abstract questions which we have done justice to already in this Meditation.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Sutra 9 constitutes in /S/a@nkara's view a new adhikara/n/a (IV), proving that in the passage, 'Let a man meditate' (Ch.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
As yet, however, judging from other appearances, there was no violence meditated by the stranger.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
Then the Blessed One entered into the first stage of deep meditation.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
They met together for prayer, meditation, and discussion, in his chamber at the College of S. Barbe.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
The fragments found in Turkestan recommend a particular form of meditation.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Meditate on the world and the state of its people.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
But the law also protects parents against any rashness their children may meditate.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
The visitors come to worship, meditate or hear sermons.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot

In poetry:

'TIS Meditation that delights to dwell
In deep seclusion; silently to roam,
Oft list'ning thoughtful to the distant knell,
Which tolls some mortal to his narrow home.
"Meditation" by Charlotte Dacre
With meditative hearts the others go
The memory of their dead to dress anew.
But, sister mine, bide here that I may know,
Life grows, through death, as beautiful as you.
"To A Violet Found On All Saint's Day" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Where with Oenone thou hast worn the day,
Near fount or stream, in meditation, rove;
If in the grove Oenone loved to stray,
The faithful Muse shall meet thee in the grove.
"Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in the Country" by William Shenstone
In wintry bleakness nature glows
Beneath the stellar ray;
We see the mold, but not the rose,
And meditate if knowledge goes
Into yon mound of clay,
With her who passed away.
"Of Her Who Died" by Hattie Howard
Sing to him, say to him, here at his gate,
Where the boughs of the stately elms are meeting,
Some one hath lingered to meditate,
And send him unseen this friendly greeting;
"The Herons Of Elmwood. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I was a dreamer ever, and bound to your dear service
Meditating deep, I thought on your secret beauty,
As through a child's face one may see the clear spirit
Miraculously shining.
"Strange Service" by Ivor Gurney

In news:

"Creation" features the band in a meditative mood.
Sometimes we may think our meditation or prayer or ritual is leading toward enlightenment, but really we're just treading water or even going backwards.
Practicing " orgasmic meditation" every day under the direction of a guru.
My Daily Visitor meditation for June 13, 2008.
Mass reading, feast, saint, Bible verse, meditation, and prayer.
What does a Buddhist monk meditating in a soccer stadium during a game have to do with Coca-Cola.
The cover features a photo of a 1972 work by prominent contemporary artist Mel Bochner titled Meditation on the Theorem of Pythagoras.
In 2004 Tricycle published an interview with Vipassana teacher Gina Sharpe titled " Does Race Matter in the Meditation Hall".
Meditation Among the Ashes of a Wondrous Past.
TIFF '12: 'Rust And Bone,' A Gorgeous Meditation On The Physical Body .
People gathered early that fateful Sunday at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to meditate on God and to serve others—key requirements of their religion.
"Like a meditation, I am thinking it through while I am stitching ," she said.
When meditation fails, the only prudent solution is to feed the hungry heart with comfort food.
"I have filled and emptied these eyes" shows the visual meditation Don Gregorio Anton's retablos invoke.
The acting of Michelle Williams (as Margot, left) and Sarah Silverman (as sister-in-law Geraldine) are two bright spots in this mostly trite meditation on marriage.

In science:

Great playing is similar to deep meditation, when the mind goes quiet and observation of the self deepens.
Music in Terms of Science
This is a very Western-centric interpretation of religion. There exist major religious groups for whom following some set of laws is what matters; there are others that emphasize meditational practices or simply love. He is right that most religions devolve to cult-like or magical practice, but this is not universal.
Book review of SUPERSTITION by Robert Park
I shall turn to Husserl’s (1929) Cartesian Meditations for epistemological specification and foundation of this reflection in intersubjectivity.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
What is left when one abstracts from what is given? These non-material traces can be provided with meaning as the subject of a meditation.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
The meditation gives access to an a priori domain for which no discursive concepts are available to the Ego.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology