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.

1300–50; Middle English pondren < Middle French ponderer < Latin ponderāre to ponder, weigh; akin to pendēre to be suspended, hang (see pend)

ponderer, noun
reponder, verb (used without object)
unpondered, adjective
well-pondered, adjective

1. reflect, cogitate, deliberate, ruminate.
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ponder (ˈpɒndə)
vb (when intr, sometimes foll by on or over)
to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
[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 & History

early 14c., "to estimate the worth of, to appraise," from O.Fr. ponderare "to weigh, poise," from L. ponderare "to ponder, to consider," lit. "to weigh," from pondus (gen. ponderis) "weigh" (see pound (1)). Meaning "to weigh a matter mentally" is attested from late 14c.
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Example sentences
The government has already produced two bank rescue packages and it is now
  pondering the notion of a much larger fiscal stimulus.
He says he is now pondering legal action, a boycott of the museum, and other
  tactics to recover the mask.
Pondering the mysteries of those microseconds, readers sent some mind-bending
That's why we're going to spend today pondering some great moments in
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