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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 for ruminative
  • Something ruminative, but with an underlying acuity, as though some old hunter-gatherer module were activated.
  • Charlie never does figure out what to do with all the descriptive and ruminative stuff, and he rages at himself.
  • There are wriggly eruptions and ruminative interludes.
  • But first, some lunch and a ruminative discussion of various affairs.
British Dictionary definitions for ruminative

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 ruminative
ruminate
1533, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1547), from L. ruminatus, pp. of ruminare "to chew the cud, turn over in the mind," from rumen (gen. ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin.
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