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ruminate

[roo-muh-neyt]
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verb (used without object), ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing.
  1. to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
  2. to meditate or muse; ponder.
verb (used with object), ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing.
  1. to chew again or over and over.
  2. to meditate on; ponder.

Origin of ruminate

1525–35; < Latin rūminātus (past participle of rūminārī, rūmināre to ruminate), equivalent to rūmin- (stem of rūmen rumen) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbru·mi·na·tion, nounru·mi·na·tive, adjectiveru·mi·na·tive·ly, adverbru·mi·na·tor, nounnon·ru·mi·nat·ing, adjectivenon·ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbnon·ru·mi·na·tion, nounnon·ru·mi·na·tive, adjectiveun·ru·mi·nat·ed, adjectiveun·ru·mi·nat·ing, adjectiveun·ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbun·ru·mi·na·tive, adjective

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2. think, reflect.
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ruminate

verb
  1. (of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
  2. (when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
Derived Formsrumination, nounruminative, adjectiveruminatively, adverbruminator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin rūmināre to chew the cud, from rumen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rumination

n.

c.1600, "act of ruminating; act of meditating," from Latin ruminationem (nominative ruminatio) "a chewing the cud," noun of action from past participle stem of ruminare (see ruminate).

ruminate

v.

1530s, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1540s), from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud; turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating.

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