premeditate

When you premeditate, you are planning ahead. While most people associate this word with crime, let's hope you can think of a better reason to premeditate — like buying groceries before a storm.

When you meditate, you think deeply. The prefix pre- means “before,” so to premeditate means to think about a situation before you’ve jumped into it. If you’ve ever cooked a meal, you’ve premeditated the ingredients you need to get started. In a courtroom you’ll hear about "premeditated murder," which means the accused killer planned out his crime and it wasn’t a crime of passion. Premeditating can be a good thing, but not when it involves murder.

Definitions of premeditate
  1. verb
    consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand
    premeditated murder”
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    type of:
    consider, debate, deliberate, moot, turn over
    think about carefully; weigh
  2. verb
    think or reflect beforehand or in advance
    “I rarely premeditate, which is a mistake”
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