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cogitate (verb) think carefully about.

When you cogitate, you think deeply, carefully, and seriously about something that you want to do. A big project may be the result of the cogitating of a number of experts over years. That is, the planning itself takes a long time of serious thinking, in view of the size of the project, the risks and the expenses involved and the profits. After he had cogitated for months, he decided to go ahead with the reclaiming of the forestland and cultivate it. That is, he thought about it carefully and seriously for a long time, before doing it.

  • The expert engineers and archeologists cogitated for years, and held prolonged discussions before they decided upon the location and shape of the dam across the Nile, and the site for the relocation of the mighty statues, likely to be submerged by the dam.
  • To cogitate is certainly good, but to cogitate too much and for too long may make decisions difficult and action delayed too much. For, too much thinking may mean too little action.
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