- to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).
- to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully: He pondered his next words thoroughly.
Origin of ponder
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Examples from the Web for pondering
He prefers to create and leave the pondering for others to do.The ‘Slow Web’ Movement Will Save Our Brains
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That evening I took my usual walk in Washington Park, pondering over the occurrences of the day.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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Secretary of State John Kerry pondering U.S. push for independence of South South Sudan and South South South Sudan.P.J. O’Rourke on Foreign Policy and France, Hold the Swiss
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I sat on the steps leading to Damascus gate which leads to the Muslim Quarter pondering the events I had just missed.Is This What God Had In Mind For Jerusalem Day?
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She had been pondering over this proposal when Martin interrupted her.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
He broke a roll and munched it gloomily, pondering this revelation.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
But I could see that he was not listening only: he was pondering and reasoning upon what I told him.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
He kept his face downwards and aside, as if he were pondering and coming to no conclusion.Wilfrid Cumbermede
He rode on down the track, pondering upon all that must have occurred to him.The Law-Breakers
- (when intr, sometimes foll by on or over) to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
Word Origin and History for pondering
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.