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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 pondered
  • Several respected economists have pondered the value of measures to dampen currency trading.
  • Earlier philosophers pondered the plurality of worlds with less dire consequences.
  • Scientists have long pondered the purpose of those peculiar tentacles.
  • Science has long pondered the relationship between diet and metabolism.
  • So you have seen the data and pondered what they mean.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people may have pondered the question, if not the answer.
  • And he pondered the variations in how they convey motion.
  • For centuries people have pondered the meaning of dreams.
  • Philosophers had pondered this sort of question for millennia, long before anyone thought to examine it in a lab.
  • Let the one thing many of you never pondered begin to eat away at your brain as it does me.
British Dictionary definitions for pondered


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 pondered



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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