- to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
- to meditate or muse; ponder.
- to chew again or over and over.
- to meditate on; ponder.
Origin of ruminate
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Examples from the Web for ruminate
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
July 22, 2014
They post OOTDs (outfits of the day) and ruminate on body positivity.The Plus-Size Blogging Craze
February 13, 2013
Then he sought the friendly shelter of the weeds, and sat still to ruminate."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
His last days, moreover, had been too crowded for him to ruminate over their taste.
So he breathed not a word, and continued to ruminate upon his vengeance.Brazilian Tales
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
He seemed to ruminate on this thought as if it gave him special cause for reflection.A Man to His Mate
J. Allan Dunn
And, much disconcerted, he walked to the parlour, to ruminate upon some other measure.Camilla
- (of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
- (when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
Word Origin and History for ruminate
1530s, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1540s), from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud; turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating.