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contemplate

[kon-tuh m-pleyt, -tem-]
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verb (used with object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.
  1. to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully: to contemplate the stars.
  2. to consider thoroughly; think fully or deeply about: to contemplate a difficult problem.
  3. to have as a purpose; intend.
  4. to have in view as a future event: to contemplate buying a new car.
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verb (used without object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.
  1. to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.
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Origin of contemplate

1585–95; < Latin contemplātus past participle of contemplāre, contemplārī to survey, observe, equivalent to con- con- + templ(um) space marked off for augural observation, temple1 + -ātus -ate1
Related formscon·tem·plat·ing·ly, adverbcon·tem·pla·tor, nounpre·con·tem·plate, verb, pre·con·tem·plat·ed, pre·con·tem·plat·ing.re·con·tem·plate, verb, re·con·tem·plat·ed, re·con·tem·plat·ing.un·con·tem·plat·ed, adjective

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1. gaze at, behold, regard, survey. 2. study, ponder. 3. design, plan.
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contemplate

verb (mainly tr)
  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 possibilityto contemplate changing jobs
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Derived Formscontemplator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin contemplāre, from templum temple 1
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Word Origin and History for contemplate

v.

1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.

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