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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tem•plateˈkɒn təmˌpleɪt, -tɛm-(v.)-plat•ed, -plat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to look at or view with continued attention; observe thoughtfully.

  2. to consider thoroughly; think deeply about.

  3. to have in view as a purpose; intend:

    to contemplate bribery.

  4. to have in view as a future event:

    to contemplate buying a new car.

  5. (v.i.)to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.

Origin of contemplate:

1585–95; < L contemplātus, ptp. of contemplāre, contemplārī to survey, observe


Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemplate(verb)

    look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought

    "contemplate one's navel"

  2. contemplate(verb)

    consider as a possibility

    "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"

  3. study, meditate, contemplate(verb)

    think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

    "He is meditating in his study"

  4. chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate(verb)

    reflect deeply on a subject

    "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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. contemplate(verb)ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪt, -tɛm-

    to think about the possibility

    I can't even contemplate going back there.

  2. contemplateˈkɒn təmˌpleɪt, -tɛm-

    to think about or to look at for a long period

    He sat contemplating the meaning of it all.


  1. contemplate(Verb)

    To think about something in a concentrated manner or for an extended period of time. To think deeply about something; to ponder or consider.

  2. contemplate(Verb)

    To consider as a possibility.

    I contemplated doing the project myself, but it would have taken too long.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contemplate(verb)

    to look at on all sides or in all its bearings; to view or consider with continued attention; to regard with deliberate care; to meditate on; to study

  2. Contemplate(verb)

    to consider or have in view, as contingent or probable; to look forward to; to purpose; to intend

  3. Contemplate(verb)

    to consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to muse; to meditate


  1. Contemplate

    Contemplate (The Reason You Exist) is Kai Tracid's third artist album, released on 24 February 2003.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contemplate' in Verbs Frequency: #812

Translations for contemplate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to think seriously (about)

I was contemplating (= feeling inclined towards) having a holiday; She contemplated her future gloomily.

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