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1 come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light" [syn: invent, contrive, devise, formulate, forge]
2 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" [syn: chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate]

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From Latin excōgitāre, from ex- + cōgitāre ‘think’.


  1. To think over something carefully; to consider fully; cogitate.
    • 2007: Did he ponder the harmony of the spheres? Certainly not: celestial spheres were first excogitated decades or more after Pythagoras' death. — MF Burnyeat, ‘Other Lives’, London Review of Books 29:4, p. 3
  2. To come to a conclusion through reason or careful thought.
    After many years of study, he excogitated a solution.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

cogitate, contemplate, contrive, develop, educe, evolve, give thought to, invent, mind, perpend, ponder, puzzle out, reason out, sort out, study, think about, think out, think over, think through, think up, weigh
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