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ex·cog·i·tate

 (ĭk-skŏj′ĭ-tāt′)
tr.v. ex·cog·i·tat·ed, ex·cog·i·tat·ing, ex·cog·i·tates
To consider or think (something) out carefully and thoroughly.

[Latin excōgitāre, excōgitāt-, to find out by thinking : ex-, ex- + cōgitāre, to think; see cogitate.]

ex·cog′i·ta′tion n.
ex·cog′i·ta′tive adj.

excogitate

(ɛksˈkɒdʒɪˌteɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to devise, invent, or contrive
2. to think out in detail
[C16: from Latin excōgitāre, from cōgitāre to ponder, cogitate]
exˈcogitable adj
exˌcogiˈtation n
exˈcogitative adj
exˈcogiˌtator n

ex•cog•i•tate

(ɛksˈkɒdʒ ɪˌteɪt)

v.t. -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to think out; devise.
2. to study carefully in order to comprehend fully.
[1520–30; < Latin excōgitātus, past participle of excōgitāre]
ex•cog`i•ta′tion, n.
ex•cog′i•ta`tive, adj.
ex•cog′i•ta`tor, n.

excogitate


Past participle: excogitated
Gerund: excogitating

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
I excogitated
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Present Continuous
I am excogitating
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Present Perfect
I have excogitated
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Past Continuous
I was excogitating
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Past Perfect
I had excogitated
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Future
I will excogitate
you will excogitate
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Future Perfect
I will have excogitated
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Future Continuous
I will be excogitating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been excogitating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been excogitating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been excogitating
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Conditional
I would excogitate
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Past Conditional
I would have excogitated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.excogitate - come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
create by mental act, create mentally - create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
2.excogitate - 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"
cerebrate, cogitate, think - 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"
premeditate - think or reflect beforehand or in advance; "I rarely premeditate, which is a mistake"
theologise, theologize - make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
introspect - reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
bethink - consider or ponder something carefully; "She bethought her of their predicament"
cogitate - consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
wonder, question - place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
puzzle - be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"
consider, study - give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving"

excogitate

verb
1. To think or think about carefully and at length:
Idioms: cudgel one's brains, put on one's thinking cap, rack one's brain.
2. To arrive at through reasoning:
Translations
References in classic literature ?
Right or wrong, Rumour was very busy; and Lord Decimus, while he was, or was supposed to be, in stately excogitation of the difficulty, lent her some countenance by taking, on several public occasions, one of those elephantine trots of his through a jungle of overgrown sentences, waving Mr Merdle about on his trunk as Gigantic Enterprise, The Wealth of England, Elasticity, Credit, Capital, Prosperity, and all manner of blessings.
To the excogitation of this problem, the harmless gentleman had devoted many anxious hours, both in his lodgings over the livery stable-yard, and in the cold gloom, favourable to meditation, of Saint James's Square.
Such excogitations may have some credence in them while also tending to go overboard and miss the point.