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A.Word.A.Day--cogitate

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cogitate (KOJ-i-tayt)

verb intr.: To take careful thought or think carefully about; ponder.

[Latin cogitare, cogitat- : co-, intensive pref + agitare, to consider.]

"Interestingly, on a second drawing he had her cogitating on a chaise longue, English guitar in her lap, cat at her feet, with perhaps a view to trees to the left."
Michael Rosenthal; Thomas Gainsborough's Ann Ford; The Art Bulletin; Jan 12, 1998.

"They've a temper, some of them--particularly verbs, they're the proudest--adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs--however, I can manage the whole lot of them!" boasts Humpty-Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's 1872 classic "Through the Looking Glass." If they are in fact as conceited as Humpty-Dumpty claims them to be, perhaps verbs can be forgiven for their hoity-toity ways -- after all they are the ones that bring a sentence to life. How many of this week's seven words can you manage?

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