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intr.v. cer·e·brat·ed, cer·e·brat·ing, cer·e·brates
To use the power of reason; think. See Synonyms at think.
[Back-formation from cerebration, act of thinking, from Latin cerebrum, brain; see cerebrum.]
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(intr) usually facetious to use the mind; think; ponder; consider
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v.i. -brat•ed, -brat•ing.
to use the mind; think.
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Past participle: cerebrated
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|Verb||1.||cerebrate - use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"|
puzzle over - try to solve
rationalise, rationalize - think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
think - have or formulate in the mind; "think good thoughts"
brainstorm - try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it
meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, reflect, ruminate, speculate, contemplate - 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"
reason - think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
conclude, reason, reason out - decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion; "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
meditate, contemplate, study - think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study"
plan - make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family"
associate, colligate, link, relate, tie in, connect, link up - make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
think about - have on one's mind, think about actively; "I'm thinking about my friends abroad"; "She always thinks about her children first"
think - ponder; reflect on, or reason about; "Think the matter through"; "Think how hard life in Russia must be these days"
think - decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting; "Can you think what to do next?"
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