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The word cogitate

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A couple of months ago I wrote a post on the word loquacious and said how much I liked the sound of the word.  A reader recently commented on that post (thank you) and said that they liked the sound of the word cogitate.  Having not used that word before, I looked it up.

I agree, it’s quite a cool-sounding word with an equally cool-sounding description. According to my large Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus, it means “to ponder” or “to think deeply about (a problem, possibility, etc)”.

According to Merriam Webster online dictionary, this 16th century word comes from the Latin word cogitatus, which is the post participle of cogitare to think or think about (consider).

Some examples of its use in sentences:

  1. Tom likes to cogitate before answering tricky maths questions.
  2. Jane spent hours cogitating over what to wear to the ball.
  3. When you have a lot on your mind, it’s helpful to sit and cogitate somewhere quiet.

If you know of any other unusual words that you would like a post on, please leave me a comment.

Until next time…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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