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4 definitions found
 for excogitate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Excogitate \Ex*cog"i*tate\v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excogitated; p.
     pr. & vb. n.. Excogitating.] [L. excogitatus, p. p. of
     excogitare to excogitate; ex out + cogitare to think. See
     Cogitate.]
     To think out; to find out or discover by thinking; to devise;
     to contrive. "Excogitate strange arts." --Stirling.
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           This evidence . . . thus excogitated out of the general
           theory.                                  --Whewell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Excogitate \Ex*cog"i*tate\, v. i.
     To cogitate. [R.] --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "excogitate":
     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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