[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM ruminate
ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbru·mi·na·tion [roo-muh-ney-shuhn] /ˌru məˈneɪ ʃən/ nounru·mi·na·tive, adjectiveru·mi·na·tive·ly, adverb
ru·mi·na·tor, nounnon·ru·mi·nat·ing, adjectivenon·ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverbnon·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
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How to use ruminate in a sentence
The narrator, a Nigerian psychiatry student, is emotionally distant, ruminative, and intellectual.The Best Debut of 2011|Taylor Antrim|February 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Yet it was not exactly a stare; it was too thoughtful, too ruminative, too unconscious for that.Tristram of Blent|Anthony Hope
“The bank raised the reward to eight thousand this week,” interposed the ruminative Copeland.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
"Do you know, it's rather a pity you don't like me," said Hal, with ruminative frankness.The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams
Mr. Stobell, whose habit was taciturn and ruminative, fixed his dull brown eyes on the ground and thought it over.Dialstone Lane, Complete|W.W. Jacobs
"Some day the damn fool will bust his head open," said the liveryman, after a ruminative pause.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for ruminate
/ (ˈruːmɪˌneɪt) /
(of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
(when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
Derived forms of ruminaterumination, nounruminative, adjectiveruminatively, adverbruminator, noun
Word Origin for ruminate
C16: from Latin rūmināre to chew the cud, from rumen
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