to meditate or muse; ponder.
Psychology. to obsessively revisit the same thought or theme over and over again.
to chew again or over and over.
to meditate on; ponder.
- ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverb
- ru·mi·na·tion [roo-muh-ney-shuhn] /ˌru məˈneɪ ʃən/ noun
- ru·mi·na·tive, adjective
- ru·mi·na·tive·ly, adverb
- ru·mi·na·tor, noun
- non·ru·mi·nat·ing, adjective
- non·ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverb
- non·ru·mi·na·tive, adjective
- un·ru·mi·nat·ed, adjective
- un·ru·mi·nat·ing, adjective
- un·ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverb
- un·ru·mi·na·tive, adjective
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How to use ruminate in a sentence
In one July show, he jokingly ruminated about what Swalwell looked like while having sex with Fang.Tucker Carlson’s Ugly Feud With Eric Swalwell Has Sucked in Family | Maxwell Tani | August 27, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Veres swivels his chair toward his ruminating friend and assures him there’ll be other opportunities.
A 2014 study published in Biological Psychology found that for people with depression, simply ruminating on troubles may prolong cortisol production.
Even hiking along and ruminating about what happened yesterday or what’s going on at that very moment is journaling.
In particular, she ruminates over Klaas’s disappearance as possibly part of a pattern that includes the fictional Cameron’s kidnapping.In her novel ‘When the Stars Go Dark,’ Paula McLain draws on abuse cases, including her own | Maureen Corrigan | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
Perceptive fiction has always been a venue for society to ruminate on the moral issues of the day.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream | Candida Moss | July 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They post OOTDs (outfits of the day) and ruminate on body positivity.
We need not grovel in the sinks and cellars, neither need we ruminate upon the house-tops.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
He has but one stomach, does not ruminate, and is formed more like the horse than the ox, or other ruminating animals.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
It is not a book to be read through at one sitting, but one to dip into occasionally and to ruminate over in pleased contentment.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography. | Solomon Maimon
The wretched Camilla quitted them all as soon as possible, to retire to her chamber, and ruminate upon her purposed letter.Camilla | Fanny Burney
But, being a mother, it was inevitable that she should soon cease to ruminate upon her own condition.Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for ruminate
(of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
(when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
- rumination, noun
- ruminative, adjective
- ruminatively, adverb
- ruminator, noun
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