- 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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Related Words for contemplatingponder, foresee, consider, aim, weigh, propose, intend, envisage, mean, notice, examine, speculate, deliberate, study, mind, excogitate, observe, design, expect, percolate
Examples from the Web for contemplating
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 22, 2014
The R-turned-D Navy man and ex-senator is contemplating a 2016 run.Wait a Minute, Clinton Coronators—Here Comes Jim Webb
September 24, 2014
And I can tap and tap and tap and yo and yo and yo, contemplating or not contemplating the inanity that is this life.The Zen of Yo
August 2, 2014
Contemplating spicing up your sex life with a homemade XXX-film?So You Want to be a Porn Star? Inside the Sex Tape Phenomenon
July 19, 2014
And here you are contemplating your future in a very public forum.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
Historical Examples of contemplating
An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.The Devil's Dictionary
Duncan drew a rueful face, contemplating the place where she had been.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
I remained wrapped up in furs, contemplating the magnificent night.My Double Life
They were silent for a while, contemplating this strange disruption of their affairs.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
What a recollection, if she thinks of the past, in contemplating the present!Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
- 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 for contemplate
Word Origin and History for contemplating
1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.