What does ponder mean?

Definitions for ponder
ˈpɒn dərpon·der

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ponder.

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.


  1. ponder

    To ponder means to think about or examine something carefully and thoroughly, often over an extended period of time. It involves deep contemplation, intense reflection, or serious consideration of a subject.

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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ponder is ranked #3044 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ponder surname appeared 11,764 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Ponder.

    66.6% or 7,842 total occurrences were White.
    28.1% or 3,308 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 248 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 246 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 60 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 60 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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. Lewis Thomas:

    We pass the word around we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry we meditate over the literature we play the music we change our minds we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.

  2. Vanna Bonta:

    Looking up and out, how can we not respect this ever-vigilant cognizance that distinguishes us: the capability to envision, to dream, and to invent? the ability to ponder ourselves? and be aware of our existence on the outer arm of a spiral galaxy in an immeasurable ocean of stars? Cognizance is our crest.

  3. Norman Douglas:

    There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.

  4. Marie Yovanovitch:

    This is about far more than me or a couple of individuals. As Foreign Service professionals are being denigrated and undermined, the institution is also being degraded. This will soon cause real harm, if it hasn't already, moreover, the attacks are leading to a crisis in The State Department as the policy process is visibly unraveling, leadership vacancies go unfilled, and senior and mid-level officers ponder an uncertain future and head for the doors. The crisis has moved from the impact on individuals to an impact on the institution.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    I am intrigued by the national expedition of the brain, i will study, ponder and think about that aspiration.

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