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mĕdĭtor , ātus, 1,
I.v. dep. a. and n. Sanscr. madh-a, wisdom; Gr. μάθος, μανθάνω, μήδομαι; cf.: medeor, re-med-ium, etc.; act., to think or reflect upon, to muse over, consider, meditate upon; neutr., to think, reflect, muse, consider, meditate; to design, purpose, intend, etc.; constr. with acc., with ad, de, with dat., with inf., with a rel.-clause, or absol. (class.).
I. Lit.
(β). With ad; ne ad eam rem meditere, Cic. Fam. 2, 3, 1: “ad hujus vitae studium meditati illi sunt qui feruntur labores tui,id. Cat. 1, 10, 26.—
(γ). With de: “ut de tua ratione meditere,Cic. Fam. 1, 8, 4.—
II. Transf., to meditate, study, exercise one's self in, practise a thing: “nugas est meditatus male,Plaut. Ps. 4, 7, 107: “Demosthenes perfecit meditando, ut nemo planius esse locutus putaretur,Cic. de Or. 1, 61, 260; cf.: “Demosthenes in litore meditans,Quint. 10, 3, 30: “quid Crassus ageret meditandi aut discendi causā,Cic. de Or. 1, 30, 136: “aut in foro dicere aut meditari extra forum,id. Brut. 88, 302: “musam,Verg. E. 1, 2: “arma,Veg. Mil. 1, 20: “proelia,Juv. 4, 112.—Transf., of animals: “cervi editos partus exercent cursu, et fugam meditari docent,to practise flight, Plin. 8, 32, 50, § 113.—Of things: semper cauda scorpionis in ictu est: nulloque momento meditari cessat, to move as in readiness to strike, i. e. to threaten, Plin. 11, 25, 30, § 87: “semina meditantur aristas,Prud. Cath. 10, 132; also, to murmur, utter a sad cry: “clamabo, meditabor ut columba,Vulg. Isa. 38, 14; 59, 11.—
III. In pass. signif. (in verb. fin. post-class. and very rare): “adulteria meditantur,Min. Fel. Oct. 25, 1.—But freq. in part. perf.: mĕdĭtā-tus , a, um.
A. Exercised, practised, instructed (only Plautin.): “cumque huc ad adulescentem meditatum probe mittam,Plaut. Trin. 3, 3, 88: “probe meditatam utramque duco,id. Mil. 3, 3, 29: “murmura,Juv. 6, 539.—
B. Thought upon, meditated, weighed, considered, studied: “meditati sunt doli docte,Plaut. Ps. 4, 1, 30: “ea, quae meditata et praeparata inferuntur,Cic. Off. 1, 8, 27: “meditatum et cogitatum scelus,id. Phil. 2, 34, 85: “meditatum cogitatumque verbum,id. ib. 10, 2, 6: “accuratae et meditatae commentationes,id. de Or. 1, 60, 257: “oratio,Plin. 26, 3, 7, § 12: “doli,Plaut. Ps. 4, 1, 31: meditata et composita oratio (opp. extemporized), Suet. Aug. 84. —Subst.: mĕdĭtāta , ōrum, n., a carefully prepared speech: “sive meditata sive subita proferret,Plin. Ep. 1, 16, 2.—Hence, adv.: mĕdĭtātē , thoughtfully, designedly, intentionally (ante-class. and post-Aug.): “ne tu illorum mores perquam meditate tenes,knowest thoroughly, Plaut. Bacch. 3, 6, 16: “hau male meditate male dicax es,id. Curc. 4, 2, 26: “effundere probra,Sen. Const. Sap. 11, 3.
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