- 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.
- to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.
Origin of contemplate
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Examples from the Web for contemplated
The White House may have contemplated dumping Joe Biden from the ticket.Where There’s Trouble, You’ll Usually Find Joe Biden
October 21, 2014
Lennox got so much hate mail, she contemplated quitting social media altogether.Annie Lennox Doesn’t Give a Damn What You Think
October 21, 2014
"For the first time I contemplated my mortality and whether I had accomplished all I wanted," he told me.Clooney: A Constant Charmer at the Altar
September 28, 2014
About eight months after Rosenberg died, Rivers contemplated suicide herself.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
Three special operations officials say rescue missions to bring him back were contemplated multiple times over the years.The Real Reason the U.S. Didn’t Rescue Bowe Bergdahl
June 5, 2014
It is contemplated to erect a monument, by subscription, to Mr. Fessenden's memory.Biographical Sketches
His eyes glowed steadily as he contemplated this interloper in his domain.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Miriam must not only be contemplated in a new, but unpleasing light.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Then she stepped back and contemplated the house critically.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
For neither he nor Catherine ever contemplated separation or death.Night and Morning, Complete
- to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
- (intr) to think intently and at length, esp for spiritual reasons; meditate
- to look at thoughtfully; observe pensively
- to have in mind as a possibilityto contemplate changing jobs
Word Origin and History for contemplated
1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.