[ kon-tuhm-pleyt, -tem- ]
/ 藞k蓲n t蓹m藢ple瑟t, -t蓻m- /
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verb (used with object), con路tem路plat路ed, con路tem路plat路ing.
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: The District Attorney's office does not contemplate any charges.
to have in view as a future event: to contemplate buying a new car.
verb (used without object), con路tem路plat路ed, con路tem路plat路ing.
to think studiously; consider deliberately; meditate.

OTHER WORDS FOR contemplate

1 gaze at, behold, regard, survey.
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Origin of contemplate

First recorded in 1585鈥95; from Latin contempl膩tus, past participle of contempl膩re, contempl膩r墨 鈥渢o survey, observe,鈥 equivalent to con- 鈥渨ith, together鈥 + templ(um) 鈥渟pace marked off for augural observation鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see origin at con-, temple1, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM contemplate

con路tem路pla路tor, nounpre路con路tem路plate, verb, pre路con路tem路plat路ed, pre路con路tem路plat路ing.re路con路tem路plate, verb, re路con路tem路plat路ed, re路con路tem路plat路ing.un路con路tem路plat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contemplate

/ (藞k蓲nt蓻m藢ple瑟t, -t蓹m-) /

verb (mainly tr)
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

Derived forms of contemplate

contemplator, noun

Word Origin for contemplate

C16: from Latin contempl膩re, from templum temple 1
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