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ˌmɛd ɪˈteɪ ʃənmed·i·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meditation, speculationnoun

    continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature

    "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"

  2. meditationnoun

    (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)


  1. meditationnoun

    A devotional exercise of, or leading to contemplation

  2. meditationnoun

    A contemplative discourse, often on a religious or philosophical subject.

  3. Etymology: From meditatio, from meditatus, the past participle of meditari, itself from med-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Meditationnoun

    Etymology: meditation, Fr. meditatio, Latin.

    I left the meditations wherein I was, and spake to her in anger. 2 Esd. x. 5.

    Some thought and meditation are necessary; and a man may possibly be so stupid as not to have God in all his thoughts, or to say in his heart, there is none. Richard Bentley.

    His name was heavenly contemplation;
    Of God and goodness was his meditation. Fairy Qu. b. i.

    ’Tis most true,
    That musing meditation most affects
    The pensive secresy of desert cell. John Milton.

    Thy thoughts to nobler meditations give,
    And study how to die, not how to live. George Granville.


  1. Meditation

    Meditation is a practice in which an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.Meditation is practiced in numerous religious traditions. The earliest records of meditation (dhyana) are found in the Upanishads, and meditation plays a salient role in the contemplative repertoire of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Since the 19th century, Asian meditative techniques have spread to other cultures where they have also found application in non-spiritual contexts, such as business and health. Meditation may significantly reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and enhance peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being. Research is ongoing to better understand the effects of meditation on health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other areas.


  1. meditation

    Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm, stable state, and promote relaxation, stress reduction and self-development. This ancient tradition is often associated with spirituality and metaphysical concepts but today is also used in secular contexts for health and wellness benefits. Techniques can differ and may include breath control, visualization, mantra repetition, or body movements like in yoga or tai chi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meditationnoun

    the act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation; reflection; musing

  2. Meditationnoun

    thought; -- without regard to kind

  3. Etymology: [OE. meditacioun, F. mditation, fr. L. meditatio.]


  1. Meditation

    Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration single-pointed analysis, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity. The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way - for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of the training.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Meditation

    A state of consciousness in which the individual eliminates environmental stimuli from awareness so that the mind can focus on a single thing, producing a state of relaxation and relief from stress. A wide variety of techniques are used to clear the mind of stressful outside interferences. It includes meditation therapy. (Mosby's Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary, 4th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meditation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meditation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of meditation in a Sentence

  1. Keith Mitchell:

    The game, I always say, is 80 percent mental, so anything we can do to reboot the mind — I call it a meditation and I teach it as a mind practice — that’s just going to make you even more impactful, more effective on your endeavors.

  2. Amit Ray:

    Ayurveda is not just a few medicines or a few scriptures, but a holistic total lifestyle deeply involved with yoga, meditation, food habits and epigenetic social cultures.

  3. Benjamin W. Decker:

    Our meditation practice, as Christians, is dedicated to three main priorities: welcoming the Holy Spirit, living a more Christlike life, and building His kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.

  4. Rudy Tanzi:

    Beth Truesdale want to sleep well and handle stress, with mindful meditation and managing Beth Truesdale expectations about social media and the like, you want positive social interactions because loneliness is a risk factor for Alzheimer's -- not being alone but loneliness.Long life comes from eating right, studies say. Heres how to begin.

  5. Purvi Raniga:

    Meditation teaches us to think out of box. It changes the way we react to any situation, it changes our perspective towards problem solving and it changes our thought process. These changes in everyday behaviour leads to best choices in our life. We can live our dream life with Meditation Practice.

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