What does contemplate mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term contemplate:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemplate(verb)

    look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought

    "contemplate one's navel"

  2. contemplate(verb)

    consider as a possibility

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

  3. study, meditate, contemplate(verb)

    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, speculate(verb)

    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. contemplate(Verb)

    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. contemplate(Verb)

    To consider as a possibility.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contemplate(verb)

    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. Contemplate(verb)

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

  3. Contemplate(verb)

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce contemplate?

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    US English
    Daniel
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    British
    Karen
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    Australian
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    Indian

How to say contemplate in sign language?

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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. Emily Nash:

    I don’t think anyone even wants to contemplate that.

  2. Tom Mesereau:

    I would need to prepare and contemplate what the next move would be.

  3. Rene Descartes:

    In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.

  4. Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay:

    Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...

  5. Don Mazankowski:

    I think it would be totally inappropriate for me to even contemplate what I am thinking about.

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