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cogitate

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Definition consider carefully and deeply
  • cogitate the meaning of symmetry in physics
  • But when the cause is a rule of necessary logic, it is impossible to cogitate the counterfactual "were it not the case".
    www.angelhaunt.net/ontologyetc/causality.htm (retrieved 03/26/08)
  • The book is called, "The Practical Cogitator".
  • ...to cogitate upon the discovery he had made, and exult in the prospect of the rich field of enjoyment and reprisal it opened to him.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • "Ol' Villan had a dog once that run away with the wolves," Bill cogitates aloud.
    London, Jack  --  White Fang
  • But be warned, Because Arabella almost learned too late, That before we love, we must cogitate!
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Peace lay on Devon like a blessing, the summer's peace, the reprieve, New Hampshire's response to all the cogitation and deadness of winter.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • On this, however, he faced to the window again and presently reached it with his vague, restless, cogitating step.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • It was the Colonel who finally solved the problem, which had cost him much perplexed cogitation.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "You smile," he went on, "you blink and turn your head back and forth, endeavoring, it appears, to cogitate, but to no avail.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • My cogitation right now is Sweet Home.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "Well, sir," replied George, after a little cogitation, "I am equally obliged to you, but tobacco being against the rules, I can't say that there is."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • But, exhausted by his cogitation, he'd have energy left for only one word, the name of the flower.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • And he was still cogitating while Mason was exclaiming: "Then you admit that you knew her?"
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • After much cogitation Matthew resolved to go to Samuel Lawson's store instead of William Blair's.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • CHAPTER 16 Sunday, June 1–Tuesday, June 10 After six months of fruitless cogitation, the case of Harriet Vanger cracked open.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Oh, you make me knit the brows of my very soul and cogitate.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • 'Let me see,' said the manager cogitating after dinner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Then he tossed the marble away pettishly, and stood cogitating.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He pushed his helmet back on his head, a cogitative move.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)

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