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[pon-der] /ˈpɒn dər/
verb (used without object)
to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).
verb (used with object)
to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully:
He pondered his next words thoroughly.
Origin of ponder
1300-50; Middle English pondren < Middle French ponderer < Latin ponderāre to ponder, weigh; akin to pendēre to be suspended, hang (see pend)
Related forms
ponderer, noun
reponder, verb (used without object)
unpondered, adjective
well-pondered, adjective
1. reflect, cogitate, deliberate, ruminate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ponder over
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  • This appalling narrative, which was never refuted, is really too horrible to ponder over.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon Walter Runciman
  • She left the room, and I remained to ponder over this strange interview.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • She had cause to ponder over this until they met again—several weeks or more.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • I am, however, very glad of your remark, and will ponder over it.

  • Cashel, once more alone, began to ponder over the difficulty of his position.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • Black Hoof took some minutes to ponder over this proposition.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Those who believe this method to be impracticable would do well to ponder over the Akali movement.

    Freedom Through Disobedience C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • Let us ponder over these two words; in order to weigh them well.

  • She had got something fresh to ponder over, another of the many mysteries of life.

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
  • He wanted to think about it—to ponder over it, to decide whether it were best.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for ponder over


when intr, sometimes foll by on or over. to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre to weigh, consider, from pondus weight; related to pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for ponder over



early 14c., "to estimate the worth of, to appraise," from Old French ponderer "to weigh, poise" (14c., Modern French pondérer) and directly from Latin ponderare "ponder, consider, reflect," literally "to weigh," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to weigh a matter mentally" is attested from late 14c. Related: Pondered; pondering; ponderation.

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