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ruminate

[roo-muh-neyt] /ˈru məˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), ruminated, ruminating.
1.
to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
2.
to meditate or muse; ponder.
verb (used with object), ruminated, ruminating.
3.
to chew again or over and over.
4.
to meditate on; ponder.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin rūminātus (past participle of rūminārī, rūmināre to ruminate), equivalent to rūmin- (stem of rūmen rumen) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
ruminatingly, adverb
rumination, noun
ruminative, adjective
ruminatively, adverb
ruminator, noun
nonruminating, adjective
nonruminatingly, adverb
nonrumination, noun
nonruminative, adjective
unruminated, adjective
unruminating, adjective
unruminatingly, adverb
unruminative, adjective
Synonyms
2. think, reflect.
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Examples from the web for ruminating
  • Wilder wrote frequently to friends and family, ruminating on literature, theater and his solitary life.
  • Obsessively ruminating about how miserable life is, studies show, can have a harmful effect on health.
  • Clarice demanded of them all as she walked around the body, inspecting its girth and dimension and ruminating about what to do.
  • These included problem-solving, ruminating, and self-blaming thoughts.
British Dictionary definitions for ruminating

ruminate

/ˈruːmɪˌneɪt/
verb
1.
(of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
2.
when intr, often foll by upon, on, etc. to meditate or ponder (upon)
Derived Forms
rumination, noun
ruminative, adjective
ruminatively, adverb
ruminator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rūmināre to chew the cud, from rumen
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Word Origin and History for ruminating

ruminate

v.

1530s, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1540s), from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud; turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating.

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