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ruminate

[ roo-muh-neyt ]
/ ˈru məˌneɪt /
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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.
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Origin of ruminate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin rūminātus (past participle of rūminārī, rūmināre “to ruminate”), equivalent to rūmin- (stem of rūmen “throat, gullet”; see rumen) + -ātus past participle suffix (see -ate1)

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British Dictionary definitions for ruminate

ruminate
/ (ˈruːmɪˌneɪt) /

verb
(of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
(when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)

Derived forms of ruminate

rumination, nounruminative, adjectiveruminatively, adverbruminator, noun

Word Origin for ruminate

C16: from Latin rūmināre to chew the cud, from rumen
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