View synonyms for contemplating


[ kon-tuhm-pley-ting, -tem- ]


  1. observing, studying, or thinking deeply about something:

    A stronger spirit and sense of purpose help shift the contemplating mind into a more action-orientated self.


  1. the act of observing, studying, or thinking deeply about something:

    After some more contemplating over the last few days, I now know what I'm going to do.

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Other Words From

  • con·tem·plat·ing·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of contemplating1

First recorded in 1580–90; contemplat(e) ( def ) + -ing 2( def ) for the adjective; contemplat(e) ( def ) + -ing 1( def ) for the noun

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Example Sentences

It is also an early investor in the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, which was last valued by its private investors at $8 billion and is reportedly contemplating an IPO, possibly early next year.

Soonin Ham offers overlapped contrapuntal images that conjure a fading past, while Alan Sislen and Van Pulley contemplate vast landscapes veiled by, respectively, mist or sunlight.

It is not clear what next steps he is contemplating or when they might happen.

Some said the threats ultimately strengthened their resolve to run for office, but many worried that women contemplating a future in politics would be deterred by the possibility of harassment – or worse.

Some said they have contemplated taking their own lives because of the stress.

As it was, The Affair ended its first season last night with me contemplating hurling my television out of the window.

The R-turned-D Navy man and ex-senator is contemplating a 2016 run.

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?

And here you are contemplating your future in a very public forum.

While Benjy sat contemplating this creature, and wondering what was to be the end of it all, a bright idea occurred to him.

Of course he was contemplating the application of a "two year old hickory," as he went on at the rate of two forty.

Consequently Junot and Gazan were seriously contemplating raising the siege.

The threatenings of God's word are invested with a mantle of terrible literality by the facts we have been contemplating.

It does seem odd, continued Hester, our contemplating formal society, doesnt it?