1. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    excogitate a way to measure the speed of light
  2. reflect deeply on a subject
    philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
    The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate
    I mulled over the events of the afternoon
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How To Use excogitate In A Sentence

  • But it was impossible to say whether these excogitated phantasms should be played thus or otherwise, and whether the ultimate meaning was how things change or how they don't.
  • It is here contended, on the other hand, that no conservation of any such variations could ever have given rise to the faintest beginning of any such moral perceptions; that by "Natural Selection" alone the maxim _fiat justitia, ruat coelum_ could never have been excogitated, still less have found a widespread acceptance; that it is impotent to suggest even an approach towards an explanation of the _first beginning_ of the idea of On the Genesis of Species
  • In fact, it must require a considerable effort to excogitate novel labor-saving devices. By Water to the Columbian Exposition
  • Twice or thrice he rose from his chair, paced the room with a determined brow, and sat down again with vigorous clutch of the pen; still he failed to excogitate a single sentence that would serve his purpose. New Grub Street
  • John Forrest Dillon, a man of high intelligence, explained, in the preface to the fourth edition of his treatise on local government: No writer on our jurisprudence is authorized to speak oracularly, to excogitate a system, or to give to his views any authoritative sanction. A History of American Law
  • Not here, pray, I beseech you; but, if I must, suffer me to excogitate these very things on the ground. Clouds
  • I suppose I should have simply agreed with Ted's 5 points, moved on and not chosen TN as the forum to excogitate on what appears to be a success for Blizzard. The Golden 1M: Please Welcome the Next Candidate, World of Warcraft
  • We get instead more or less cleverly excogitated, linguistically acrobatic flippancy, along with characters who bypass the heart and end up not mattering.
  • On the other hand, while philosophers have not ceased their effort to excogitate what matter must be and cosmologies have still been produced, more interestingly perhaps, because cosmology has not been the center of philo - sophical interest, theories of matter have been derived from, or even only implied by, disciplines that were — epistemology, semantics, theories of action. Dictionary of the History of Ideas
  • The accursed book of the Recreation of Dice was a great while ago excogitated in Achaia, near Bourre, by that ancient enemy of mankind, the infernal calumniator, who, before the statue or massive image of the Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel
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