verb (used with object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.
verb (used without object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.
Origin of contemplate
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|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the consequences of a nuclear exchange are almost too horrible to contemplate.
As the Cofán shaman blew strongly over the cup, I took those few seconds to contemplate how I had managed to find myself here.
“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|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I contemplate God among the dead I find only emptiness and silence.
All his proceedings certainly seem to require an opposite construction, and to contemplate his own leadership.'
Great attempts do I contemplate; to tell by what means Love can be arrested, the Boy that wanders over the world so wide.
Now, after thirty-four months of work, we contemplate a fairly rounded whole.State of the Union Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt|Franklin D. Roosevelt
Flushed by the victory at Magersfontein, the General did not contemplate the possibility of such a bitter reverse.In the Shadow of Death|P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
Contemplate Ra within his Ark, and do thou propitiate his orb daily.
British Dictionary definitions for contemplate
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for contemplate
Word Origin and History for contemplate
1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.