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.
to think studiously; consider deliberately; meditate.
- con·tem·pla·tor, noun
- pre·con·tem·plate, verb, pre·con·tem·plat·ed, pre·con·tem·plat·ing.
- re·con·tem·plate, verb, re·con·tem·plat·ed, re·con·tem·plat·ing.
- un·con·tem·plat·ed, adjective
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How to use contemplate in a sentence
Passages in which Knox contemplates suicide—and even how she would do it—will surely soften even her staunchest critics.
McMahon, of course, has been closely advising Kilmer as he contemplates a future in politics.
It contemplates the education of every child, regardless of any distinction of society or nature.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions | George S. Boutwell
A very few words, Sir, will show the nature of this peaceable remedy, and of the lawsuit which South Carolina contemplates.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster | Daniel Webster
Every law of God contemplates an immediate and an ultimate end.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Here, as everywhere, St. Paul contemplates these exclusive opposites as the sole issues of man's life, and of the Gospel ministry.Expositor's Bible: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians | James Denney
The student of history contemplates the rise and fall of nations and traces the causes which have led to their overthrow.Beyond | Henry Seward Hubbard
British Dictionary definitions for contemplate
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 possibility: to contemplate changing jobs
- contemplator, noun
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