contemplate

[kon-tuhm-pleyt, -tem-]
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:
1585–95; < 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

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.
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contemplate (ˈkɒntɛmˌpleɪt, -təm-)
 
vb
1.  to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
2.  (intr) 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
 
[C16: from Latin contemplāre, from templumtemple1]
 
'contemplator
 
n

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contemplate
c.1600, from L. contemplat-, pp. stem of contemplari (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated (pp. adj., 1863); contemplating (1660s).
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Example sentences
Contemplating the heavens has earthly benefits, he adds.
From the back of the truck one day, he yelled to colleagues riding in the cab
  about a new experiment he was contemplating.
They bumble along through life never really contemplating the life they live
  unaware in difficult to define ways.
Contemplating relocation seems to rule out new romantic relationship
  possibilities.
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