- 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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Examples from the Web for contemplate
“The idea of Mitch McConnell as the Majority Leader is too bizarre and dark to contemplate [right now],” she said.Meet the Hollywood Power Couple Who Bet Big on the Midterms—and Lost
November 6, 2014
But the consequences of a nuclear exchange are almost too horrible to contemplate.ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War
October 20, 2014
As the Cofán shaman blew strongly over the cup, I took those few seconds to contemplate how I had managed to find myself here.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
“As the day of the operation drew closer, it became more and more painful and frightening to contemplate,” wrote Reeve.Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told
August 12, 2014
When I contemplate God among the dead I find only emptiness and silence.How Losing My Daughter Changed My Faith
June 15, 2014
Now and then she would stop suddenly to contemplate the vision she had created.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I was resolved that if he did contemplate such injustice, I should put a stop to it.The Bacillus of Beauty
Those who contemplate such a step should pray for God's guidance.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
That part of your friend which it is your privilege to contemplate in your adversity.The Devil's Dictionary
What a noble end and aim it was to contemplate in the attainment truly!Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- 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
Word Origin and History for contemplate
1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.