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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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  • He pondered the situation deeply; he evolved many foolish schemes to compass his own enlightenment, and dismissed them one by one.

    The Stolen Singer Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • Sir Nigel pondered for a few moments, and then burst out a-laughing.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • When he came to the one sent out by the boy whose car he had wrecked, he pondered over it for a long time.

  • All through the remainder of the long night Ninaka pondered the question deeply.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • And the more I brooded and pondered, the more did it seem to me that everything now looked pretty smooth.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
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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