[ pon-der ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).

verb (used with object)
  1. to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully: He pondered his next words thoroughly.

Origin of ponder

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English pondren, from Middle French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre “to weigh, reflect on,” derivative of pondus “weight”; akin to pendēre “to be suspended, hang” (see pend)

Other words for ponder

Other words from ponder

  • pon·der·er, noun
  • re·pon·der, verb (used without object)
  • un·pon·dered, adjective
  • well-pondered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ponder


/ (ˈpɒndə) /

  1. (when intr, sometimes foll by on or over) to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)

Origin of ponder

C14: from Old French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre to weigh, consider, from pondus weight; related to pendere to weigh

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