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[kon-tuh m-pleyt, -tem-] /ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪt, -tɛm-/
verb (used with object), contemplated, contemplating.
to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully:
to contemplate the stars.
to consider thoroughly; think fully or deeply about:
to contemplate a difficult problem.
to have as a purpose; intend.
to have in view as a future event:
to contemplate buying a new car.
verb (used without object), contemplated, contemplating.
to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.
Origin of contemplate
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
1. gaze at, behold, regard, survey. 2. study, ponder. 3. design, plan. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contemplated
  • But this research is done by a method that is not contemplated for human gene therapy.
  • All of the officials responsible for the failed program have retired, so no personnel actions are contemplated.
  • If you've never contemplated gardening, now is the time to try it.
  • In its stead, the space agency contemplated unmanned rescue efforts.
  • Earlier ice palaces, built of rectangular ice blocks and soaring impressively high, were designed to be contemplated from outside.
  • It's a path rigged with legal land mines and mapped by laws that never contemplated such a far-reaching endeavor.
  • The whole reduction of postage contemplated in this project, is exclusively confined to the single item of the ocean transit.
  • Those ideas were seriously contemplated at one point, though, before empirical evidence supplanted them.
  • People contemplated public transport and telecommuting.
  • We must allow for levels of infinity beyond those contemplated by set theorists.
British Dictionary definitions for contemplated


/ˈkɒntɛmˌpleɪt; -təm-/
verb (mainly transitive)
to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
(intransitive) to think intently and at length, esp for spiritual reasons; meditate
to look at thoughtfully; observe pensively
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 contemplated



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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