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 contemplating
As it was, The Affair ended its first season last night with me contemplating hurling my television out of the window.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The R-turned-D Navy man and ex-senator is contemplating a 2016 run.Wait a Minute, Clinton Coronators—Here Comes Jim Webb|Eleanor Clift|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And I can tap and tap and tap and yo and yo and yo, contemplating or not contemplating the inanity that is this life.
Contemplating spicing up your sex life with a homemade XXX-film?So You Want to be a Porn Star? Inside the Sex Tape Phenomenon|Aurora Snow|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And here you are contemplating your future in a very public forum.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making|Kevin Fallon|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lindsay stood in the center of the room, contemplating the door which led backward into the rest of the apartment.Out of the Air|Inez Haynes Irwin
So she remained for hours looking about her, musing, contemplating.The Bibliotaph|Leon H. Vincent
Hundreds and thousands and millions have lost their reason in contemplating the monstrous falsehoods of Chris- tianity.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
The god is often made as if contemplating its sexual organs.The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races|Sanger Brown, II
The doctor, with folded arms, kept silent; he was contemplating the walls of ice, the medium altitude of which was over 300 feet.The English at the North Pole|Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for contemplating
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for contemplate
Word Origin and History for contemplating
1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.