Definition of meditation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌmedɪˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmedɪˈteɪʃn//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] the practice of thinking deeply in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm She found peace through yoga and meditation. He was deep in meditation and didn't see me come in.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] meditation (on something) (formal) serious thoughts on a particular subject that somebody writes down or speaks his meditations on life and art
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin meditatio(n-), from meditari, from a base meaning ‘measure’; related to mete.Extra examples He stared out of the window in silent meditation. She uses music and guided meditation to relax and inspire. Techniques of deep meditation help people under stress. The novel is an extended meditation on art, love and loss. spending hours in meditation A rare copy of his ‘Meditations on Love’ has been discovered. He was deep in meditation and didn’t see me come. I recently discovered the benefits of meditation. More and more people practise meditation on a regular basis. She kept a journal of her meditations and dreams. She relaxes through yoga and meditation. The play contains some fascinating meditations on the nature of genius.
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