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(past & past part. excogitated; pres. part. excogitating)
Come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort.  Synonyms: contrive, devise, forge, formulate, invent.
Reflect deeply on a subject.  Synonyms: chew over, contemplate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over.  "Philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years" , "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

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"Excogitate" Quotes from Famous Books

... which certainly would have been his case if Alec had rung for the sacrist. Nor was he capable of acting well on the spur of any moment. He must have plans: those he would carry out remorselessly.—So he went away to excogitate further revenge. But he was in love with Kate just enough to be uneasy as to the result of Alec's interview ...
— Alec Forbes of Howglen • George MacDonald

Words linked to "Excogitate" :   cogitate, formulate, excogitator, devise, create mentally, question, theologise, wonder, bethink, invent, introspect, think, cerebrate, theologize, study, excogitative, excogitation, create by mental act, puzzle, consider, premeditate

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