[kon-tuh m-pleyt, -tem-]
- 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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1. gaze at, behold, regard, survey. 2. study, ponder. 3. design, plan.
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Examples from the Web for contemplator
You know the sentiments with which you have inspired the Contemplator of Nature.New observations on the natural history of bees
I am therefore simply a contemplator of the world; the only act which is peculiarly mine is contemplation.A History of Philosophy in Epitome
When the contemplator of evil deeds begins also to contemplate consequences, reason is beginning to resume her sway.A Maid of the Silver Sea
Thine age survives the youth of all; and the Final Day shall find thee still the contemplator of our tombs.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
- 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
C16: from Latin contemplāre, from templum temple 1
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Word Origin and History for contemplator
1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.
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