ruminate

[roo-muh-neyt]

verb (used without object), ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing.

to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
to meditate or muse; ponder.

verb (used with object), ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing.

to chew again or over and over.
to meditate on; ponder.

Origin of ruminate

1525–35; < Latin rūminātus (past participle of rūminārī, rūmināre to ruminate), equivalent to rūmin- (stem of rūmen rumen) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbru·mi·na·tion, nounru·mi·na·tive, adjectiveru·mi·na·tive·ly, adverbru·mi·na·tor, nounnon·ru·mi·nat·ing, adjectivenon·ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbnon·ru·mi·na·tion, nounnon·ru·mi·na·tive, adjectiveun·ru·mi·nat·ed, adjectiveun·ru·mi·nat·ing, adjectiveun·ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbun·ru·mi·na·tive, adjective

Synonyms for ruminate

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ruminate

Contemporary Examples of ruminate

Historical Examples of ruminate

  • Constantia had now leisure to ruminate upon her own condition.

    Ormond, Volume I (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • It becomes uneasy, ceases to ruminate, and the respirations are a little hurried.

  • Harassed by fatigue and pain, I had yet power to ruminate on that series of unparalleled events that had lately happened.

    Edgar Huntley

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • He appeared to ruminate for a few seconds, and my sharp ears caught the words, 'Dear me, dear me!'

    Sheilah McLeod

    Guy Boothby

  • Uncle David was silent, having all this matter to ruminate upon.

    Checkmate

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu



British Dictionary definitions for ruminate

ruminate

verb

(of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
(when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
Derived Formsrumination, nounruminative, adjectiveruminatively, adverbruminator, noun

Word Origin for ruminate

C16: from Latin rūmināre to chew the cud, from rumen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ruminate
v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper