1. [ verb ] reflect deeply on a subject
Synonyms: reflect muse ponder meditate think_over contemplate chew_over mull speculate ruminate mull_over

"I mulled over the events of the afternoon" "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years" "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

Related terms: think study wonder brood bethink puzzle theologise introspect premeditate deliberate contemplation meditation muller muse
2. [ verb ] come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
Synonyms: invent devise formulate forge contrive

"excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

Related terms: create_by_mental_act invention planner invention formula inventor excogitator excogitation devisal
Similar spelling:   excogitative