Meaning of premeditate in English:


Pronunciation /priːˈmɛdɪteɪt/


[with object]
  • Think out or plan (an action, especially a crime) beforehand.

    ‘apparently he did not premeditate her murder’
    • ‘It is clear that these offences were premeditated, determined and threatening in their intent.’
    • ‘It is a totally premeditated crime and the criminals have to very carefully plan their moves.’
    • ‘Prosecutors have argued that the crime was premeditated and that while she was mentally ill, she was not insane when she acted.’
    • ‘The robbery was not premeditated and was a spur of the moment decision.’
    • ‘This theft was premeditated because the barrow is completely worthless to anyone other than a trader.’
    • ‘Thankfully the injuries were not more severe and the offence was not premeditated.’
    • ‘He is definitely planning, premeditating the next murder.’
    • ‘Sexual assault by its very nature is a crime that is premeditated, calculated and committed in secret.’
    • ‘The deceased's use of violence was not premeditated and he had no intention to kill.’
    • ‘Suicides can be premeditated and planned, but that doesn't make them any less desperate.’
    • ‘All three also received ridiculously short sentences for such a base, premeditated act of cruelty.’
    • ‘The officer said the attack was premeditated because of the level of violence used by possibly more than one offender.’
    • ‘Ending up at Concordia after a childhood spent moving between Europe, Africa and the U.S. wasn't premeditated.’
    • ‘Based on the evidence available to this point, it is not possible to determine if the attack on her car was premeditated or not.’


Mid 16th century (earlier (late Middle English) as premeditation): from Latin praemeditat- ‘thought out before’, from the verb praemeditari, from prae ‘before’ + meditari ‘meditate’.