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ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪt, -tɛm-con·tem·plate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemplateverb

    look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought

    "contemplate one's navel"

  2. contemplateverb

    consider as a possibility

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

  3. study, meditate, contemplateverb

    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, speculateverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. contemplateverb

    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. contemplateverb

    To consider as a possibility.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONTEMPLATEverb

    To consider with continued attention; to study; to meditate.

    Etymology: contemplor, Lat.

    There is not much difficulty in confining the mind to contemplate what we have a great desire to know. Isaac Watts.

  2. To Contemplateverb

    To muse; to think studiously with long attention.

    So many hours must I take my rest;
    So many hours must I contemplate. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Sapor had an heaven of glass, which he trod upon, contemplating over the same as if he had been Jupiter. Henry Peacham.

    How can I consider what belongs to myself, when I have been so long contemplating on you. John Dryden, Juv. Preface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contemplateverb

    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. Contemplateverb

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

  3. Contemplateverb

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

Freebase

  1. Contemplate

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contemplate

    kon′tem-plāt, or kon-tem′plāt, v.t. to consider or look at attentively: to meditate on or study: to intend.—v.i. to think seriously: to meditate (with on, upon).—adj. Contemp′lable.—ns. Contem′plant, Contemp′latist; Contemplā′tion, continued study of a particular subject: a meditation written, or a subject for such.—adj. and n. Contem′plative, given to contemplation.—adv. Contem′platively.—ns. Contem′plativeness; Con′templātor, one who contemplates: a student. [L. contemplāri, -ātus, to mark out carefully a templum or place for auguries—con, sig. completeness, and templum. See Consider and Temple.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contemplate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contemplate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of contemplate in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.

  2. Luigi Speranza:

    We expect the ECB to try to strike a balance between cautious optimism on the effectiveness of its measures on growth and inflation and its readiness to react to adverse shocks, draghi will probably try to sound more confident in the euro zone's economic recovery and the likelihood of a rise in inflation over time, emphasising that the ECB is in no hurry to contemplate additional policy easing at this stage.

  3. Raul Urteaga:

    WTO rules and NAFTA don't contemplate the imposition of tariffs because of migration issues, mexico will not have any other option but to retaliate in kind.

  4. Korean Central News Agency:

    Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content.

  5. Prince Williams/Wireimage -RRB- Wilde:

    I can not even contemplate the amount of sexism Kathy Scruggs may have faced in the way of duty.

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    something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
    • A. investigating
    • B. assortment
    • C. temptation
    • D. permutation

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