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]
- 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
- To come to a conclusion through reason or careful thought.
- After many years of study, he excogitated a solution.