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verb (used without object)
  1. to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully: He pondered his next words thoroughly.
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Origin of ponder

1300–50; Middle English pondren < Middle French ponderer < Latin ponderāre to ponder, weigh; akin to pendēre to be suspended, hang (see pend)
Related formspon·der·er, nounre·pon·der, verb (used without object)un·pon·dered, adjectivewell-pon·dered, adjective


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Examples from the Web for ponderer

Historical Examples

  • How he had suffered—he, modern of moderns, dreamer of dreams, and ponderer of problems!

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • This leads us to the second phase of Miller's personality: he was a philosopher, a ponderer upon the deeper things of the spirit.

  • This unexpected, formidable if flashing into his mind stopped the ponderer in his slow walk.

    The Saint

    Antonio Fogazzaro

British Dictionary definitions for ponderer


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

C14: from Old French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre to weigh, consider, from pondus weight; related to pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for ponderer



early 14c., "to estimate the worth of, to appraise," from Old French ponderer "to weigh, poise" (14c., Modern French pondérer) and directly from Latin ponderare "ponder, consider, reflect," literally "to weigh," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to weigh a matter mentally" is attested from late 14c. Related: Pondered; pondering; ponderation.

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