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ponder

[pon-der] /ˈpɒn dər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).
verb (used with object)
2.
to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully:
He pondered his next words thoroughly.
Origin of ponder
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English pondren < Middle French ponderer < Latin ponderāre to ponder, weigh; akin to pendēre to be suspended, hang (see pend)
Related forms
ponderer, noun
reponder, verb (used without object)
unpondered, adjective
well-pondered, adjective
Synonyms
1. reflect, cogitate, deliberate, ruminate.
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  • Lady Elizabeth for some time made no reply, but seemed to ponder upon this statement very earnestly.

    The Widow Barnaby Frances Trollope
  • ponder, whether yet many of them be as they should be or no?

  • This appalling narrative, which was never refuted, is really too horrible to ponder over.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon Walter Runciman
  • She left the room, and I remained to ponder over this strange interview.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Then, as was quite natural, her thoughts wandered to Mollie, and she began to ponder upon what Aime had told her.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for ponder

ponder

/ˈpɒndə/
verb
1.
when intr, sometimes foll by on or over. to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre to weigh, consider, from pondus weight; related to pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for ponder
v.

early 14c., "to estimate the worth of, to appraise," from Old French ponderer "to weigh, poise" (14c., Modern French pondérer) and directly from Latin ponderare "ponder, consider, reflect," literally "to weigh," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to weigh a matter mentally" is attested from late 14c. Related: Pondered; pondering; ponderation.

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