What does ponder mean?

Definitions for ponder
ˈpɒn dərpon·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. ponderverb

    To wonder, to think of deeply.

  2. ponderverb

    To consider (something) carefully and thoroughly; to chew over, to mull over.

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  3. Etymology: From ponderare, from pondus, from pendere; see pendent and pound.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Ponderverb

    To weigh mentally; to consider; to attend.

    Etymology: pondero, Latin.

    Mary kept all these things, and ponder’d them in her heart. Luke ii. 19.

    Colours, popularities and circumstances sway the ordinary judgment, not fully pondering the matter. Francis Bacon.

    This ponder, that all nations of the earth
    Shall in his seed be blessed. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    Intent he seem’d,
    Pond’ring future things of wond’rous weight. Dryden.

  2. To Ponderverb

    To think; to muse. With on. This is an improper use of the word.

    This tempest will not give me leave to ponder
    On things would hurt me more. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Whom, pond’ring thus on human miseries,
    When Venus saw, her heav’nly sire bespoke. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ponderverb

    to weigh

  2. Ponderverb

    to weigh in the mind; to view with deliberation; to examine carefully; to consider attentively

  3. Ponderverb

    to think; to deliberate; to muse; -- usually followed by on or over


  1. Ponder

    Ponder is a town in Denton County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,395 at the 2010 census. Local legend holds that Bonnie and Clyde either robbed the Ponder State Bank or attempted to rob it, only to discover it had gone broke the week before. However, this is not listed in the Barrow Gang's activities. The robbery in question may have been committed by the less famous but more successful Eddie Bentz.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ponder

    pon′dėr, v.t. to weigh in the mind: to think over: to consider.—v.i. to think (with on and over).—ns. Ponderabil′ity, Pon′derableness.—adjs. Pon′derable, that may be weighed: having sensible weight; Pon′deral, ascertained by weight.—ns. Pon′derance, Ponderā′tion, weight; Pon′derer, one who ponders.—adv. Pon′deringly.—ns. Pon′derling, a thing of little weight; Pon′derment, the act of pondering.—adj. Pon′derous, weighty: massive: forcible: important: clumsy or unwieldy by reason of weight.—adv. Pon′derously.—ns. Pon′derousness, Ponderos′ity, weight: heaviness: heavy matter. [L. ponderārepondus, pondĕris, a weight.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ponder in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ponder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ponder in a Sentence

  1. Impostor:

    I looked upon the ground where my feet layed, The sorrow, the pain, all went away, I done it, I made it, No one is left... Who is to stop me, Who can take my breath, I ponder these things so ever frightening, For doing your mom was quite exciting...

  2. Glenn Levine:

    While we all obviously don't know what our urine cortisol levels are, there are ways we can learn to self-reflect on whether we may have some negative psychological factors, particularly things like stress, if we do recognize that we tend to be frequently stressed, frustrated or angered, then it's helpful to ponder what exactly are the things that lead us to become stressed.

  3. Stavros Dimas:

    On the other hand the euro could fall towards $1.21 if the 180 votes are not secured, as the market will ponder the risk of the leftwing Syriza party, which is against fiscal reconstruction, taking power after a snap election next year.

  4. Laura Jaworski:

    Put your pen to your paper Press down on the ink Then take a short moment To ponder and think And listen real close to your heart’s gentle call Then write every word that you hear, One and all.

  5. Cicero:

    Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.

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