Definition of excogitate in English:



[with object]formal
  • Think out, plan, or devise.

    ‘all the rubrics, forms, and functions remained to be excogitated’
    • ‘Nicholas Martin, the director, apparently wanted to make the play more palatable by emphasizing its comic aspects, both those written by Ibsen and those, more numerous, excogitated by Martin.’
    • ‘More often Arthur tells jokes - set pieces that, though funny, are either old hat or burdened with so much excogitated emphasis as to, rather than prance like Lippizaners, plod like Percherons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Twelfth Night or What You Will, the subtitle, I assume, refers to what an audience desires, not to what a director excogitates.’
    • ‘We get instead more or less cleverly excogitated, linguistically acrobatic flippancy, along with characters who bypass the heart and end up not mattering.’
    • ‘Most of the contentiousness seems laboriously excogitated.’
    • ‘He also owes debts to the cultural anthropology of Clifford Geertz and to the theory of scientific revolutions excogitated by Thomas Kuhn.’
    • ‘Further, the idea that only Salieri, the mortal enemy, fully appreciated Mozart's genius - albeit clandestinely and self-tormentingly - also feels excogitated and incredible.’
    organize, arrange, work out, think out, design, line up, outline, sketch out, map out, chalk out, draft, prepare, schedule, programme, formulate, frame, project, develop, set up, fix up, shape, build, devise, concoct, contrive


Early 16th century from Latin excogitat- ‘found by process of thought’, from the verb excogitare, from ex- ‘out’ + cogitare ‘think’.



/ɪksˈkɒdʒɪteɪt/ /ɛksˈkɒdʒɪteɪt/