re contemplate


[kon-tuhm-pleyt, -tem-]
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.

1585–95; < Latin contemplātus past participle of contemplāre, contemplārī to survey, observe, equivalent to con- con- + templ(um) space marked off for augural observation, temple + -ātus -ate1

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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To re contemplate
World English Dictionary
contemplate (ˈkɒntɛmˌpleɪt, -təm-)
1.  to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
2.  (intr) to think intently and at length, esp for spiritual reasons; meditate
3.  to look at thoughtfully; observe pensively
4.  to have in mind as a possibility: to contemplate changing jobs
[C16: from Latin contemplāre, from templumtemple1]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. contemplat-, pp. stem of contemplari (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated (pp. adj., 1863); contemplating (1660s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature