To cogitate is a fancy way of saying to think hard about. If you spend a lot of time figuring out exactly how your French teacher does her hair, you are cogitating in order to avoid conjugating.

Cogitate can be used both transitively or intransitively, which means you can cogitate on something, like your history project or your why your computer never seems to work the way you want it to. Or you can simply sit in your room and cogitate.

Definitions of cogitate

v consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind

v use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

cerebrate, think
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puzzle over
try to solve
rationalise, rationalize
think rationally; employ logic or reason
have or formulate in the mind
philosophise, philosophize
reason philosophically
try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it
chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
reflect deeply on a subject
think logically
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of
contemplate, meditate, study
think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
make plans for something
associate, colligate, connect, link, link up, relate, tie in
make a logical or causal connection
center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
direct one's attention on something
devote, give, pay
think about
have on one's mind, think about actively
ponder; reflect on, or reason about
decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting
absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
devote (oneself) fully to
exercise, or have the power of, memory
rationalise away, rationalize away
substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of
think or reflect beforehand or in advance
theologise, theologize
make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
form or construct theories
construct a theory about
reason methodologically and logically
reason or establish by induction
deduce, deduct, derive, infer
reason by deduction; establish by deduction
calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation
syllogise, syllogize
reason by syllogisms
categorise, categorize
place into or assign to a category
grade, order, place, range, rank, rate
assign a rank or rating to
have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
judge to be right or commendable; think well of
consider bad or wrong
plan for an activity or event
see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way
judge beforehand, especially without sufficient evidence
appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
appraise anew
consider or ponder something carefully
refuse to accept or acknowledge
consider or hold as true
believe, conceive, consider, think
judge or regard; look upon; judge
plan in detail
project, propose
present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.
compose, draw up, frame
make up plans or basic details for
plan secretly, usually something illegal
devise a system or form a scheme for
designate, destine, intend, specify
design or destine
direct, engineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize
plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
lay out
provide a detailed plan or design
calculate, count on, estimate, figure, forecast, reckon
judge to be probable
place into a mutual relationship
bring into a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relation
conceive of as united or associated
associate freely
feel, find
come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely
cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression
focus one's attention on a certain state
be concerned with or about something or somebody
ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
attribute or credit to
have in mind, mean, think of
intend to refer to
consider, deal, look at, take
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
assign, attribute
decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
make a schedule; plan the time and place for events
disapprove, reject
deem wrong or inappropriate
adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be
critique, review
appraise critically
question, wonder
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion
deduce, infer
conclude by reasoning; in logic
conclude from evidence
extrapolate, generalise, generalize, infer
draw from specific cases for more general cases
be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
zoom in
examine closely; focus one's attention on
consider, study
give careful consideration to
hear, listen, take heed
listen and pay attention
judge unacceptable
accept or judge as acceptable
essay, examine, prove, test, try, try out
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

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