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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 of contemplate
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, temple1 + -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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  • She ran out as soon as supper was over to contemplate her new toy.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • Now and then she would stop suddenly to contemplate the vision she had created.

  • The final triumph of militarism would be too appalling to contemplate.

    Our National Defense: George Hebard Maxwell
  • Those who contemplate such a step should pray for God's guidance.

  • Only the utterly vile can contemplate real unassuming goodness and unselfishness without a certain warming of the heart.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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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