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contemplate

[kon-tuh m-pleyt, -tem-] /ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪt, -tɛm-/
verb (used with object), contemplated, contemplating.
1.
to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully:
to contemplate the stars.
2.
to consider thoroughly; think fully or deeply about:
to contemplate a difficult problem.
3.
to have as a purpose; intend.
4.
to have in view as a future event:
to contemplate buying a new car.
verb (used without object), contemplated, contemplating.
5.
to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin contemplātus past participle of contemplāre, contemplārī to survey, observe, equivalent to con- con- + templ(um) space marked off for augural observation, temple + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
contemplatingly, adverb
contemplator, noun
precontemplate, verb, precontemplated, precontemplating.
recontemplate, verb, recontemplated, recontemplating.
uncontemplated, adjective
Synonyms
1. gaze at, behold, regard, survey. 2. study, ponder. 3. design, plan.
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  • We are not alone in our ability to invent or plan or to contemplate ourselves-or even to plot and lie.
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  • NO one can contemplate current conditions without finding much that is satisfying and still more that is encouraging.
  • Through these, as through a proscenium, the curious spectator may contemplate his profile as well as the blinds will permit.
  • contemplate only their life, and imitate their actions.
  • If you were to contemplate society in but one point of view, all these simple modes of polity are infinitely captivating.
  • It is against this backdrop that it is exceedingly difficult, if not exasperating, to contemplate the week that was.
  • They haven't the serenity to contemplate what doesn't seem useful-unless it's presented as irresistibly exciting.
  • Without the miseries of debt, they contemplate limitless possibilities.
British Dictionary definitions for contemplate

contemplate

/ˈkɒntɛmˌpleɪt; -təm-/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
2.
(intransitive) to think intently and at length, esp for spiritual reasons; meditate
3.
to look at thoughtfully; observe pensively
4.
to have in mind as a possibility: to contemplate changing jobs
Derived Forms
contemplator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin contemplāre, from templumtemple1
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Word Origin and History for contemplate
v.

1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.

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