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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.

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

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  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. Hillary Clinton:

    I mean, I cannot even imagine the grief and the heartbreak. I mean Joe has had more terrible events than most people can even, you know, contemplate. Losing his first wife, losing his first daughter, now losing his son, he has to do what he has to do. But I'm just going to continue with my campaign.

  2. Prince Williams/Wireimage -RRB- Wilde:

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

  3. Victor Hugo:

    One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil. To think is to do.

  4. Lois Greenfield:

    I want (viewers) to contemplate the mystery of what I'm presenting, because people don't know how I did it or what it is or why it is. I'd like them to enjoy that mystery and make it their own.

  5. Speaker Pelosi:

    Let's not even contemplate that, civilization as we know it today is at stake in the next election, and certainly our planet.

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    an impression that something might be the case
    • A. hunch
    • B. impurity
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