- 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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- (when intr, sometimes foll by on or over) to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
Word Origin and History for reponder
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.