ponder

[ pon-der ]
/ ˈpɒn dər /

verb (used without object)

to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).

verb (used with object)

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)

OTHER WORDS FROM ponder

pon·der·er, nounre·pon·der, verb (used without object)un·pon·dered, adjectivewell-pondered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ponder

ponder
/ (ˈpɒndə) /

verb

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

Word Origin for ponder

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