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Definitions for contemplate
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.

Wikipedia

  1. contemplate

    In a religious context, the practice of contemplation seeks a direct awareness of the divine which transcends the intellect, often in accordance with prayer or meditation.

ChatGPT

  1. contemplate

    Contemplate is a verb that refers to the act of thinking deeply or carefully about something for an extended period of time. It can also suggest considering something as a possible course of action. It is often used to express deep thought about complex issues or concepts.

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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  1. Verbs Frequency

    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. Rabindranath Tagore:

    In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth.

  2. Australian John Coates:

    The compactness of the Games has to be weighed up against the benefit of using existing venues, these changes do contemplate different cities and countries hosting the Games, and this is for reasons of sustainability.

  3. Marshall McLuhan:

    There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.

  4. Vontobel Chief Executive Zeno Staub:

    After this transaction, Vontobel will remain very well and very solidly capitalised and we are in a completely strong position to contemplate further moves and steps.

  5. Benjamin Crump:

    We find it very insulting and disrespectful not just to this family, but to the memory of a dead child, the city had at least 30 days to deliberate, to contemplate and articulate their response to our complaint.

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