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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, temple1 + -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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  • When the contemplator of evil deeds begins also to contemplate consequences, reason is beginning to resume her sway.

  • You know the sentiments with which you have inspired the contemplator of Nature.

  • I am therefore simply a contemplator of the world; the only act which is peculiarly mine is contemplation.

  • Thine age survives the youth of all; and the Final Day shall find thee still the contemplator of our tombs.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for contemplator


/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 contemplator



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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