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[kon-tuhm-pleyt, -tem-]
verb (used with object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.
  1. to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully: to contemplate the stars.
  2. to consider thoroughly; think fully or deeply about: to contemplate a difficult problem.
  3. to have as a purpose; intend.
  4. to have in view as a future event: to contemplate buying a new car.
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verb (used without object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.
  1. to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.
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Origin of contemplate

1585–95; < Latin contemplātus past participle of contemplāre, contemplārī to survey, observe, equivalent to con- con- + templ(um) space marked off for augural observation, temple1 + -ātus -ate1
Related formscon·tem·plat·ing·ly, adverbcon·tem·pla·tor, nounpre·con·tem·plate, verb, pre·con·tem·plat·ed, pre·con·tem·plat·ing.re·con·tem·plate, verb, re·con·tem·plat·ed, re·con·tem·plat·ing.un·con·tem·plat·ed, adjective


1. gaze at, behold, regard, survey. 2. study, ponder. 3. design, plan.
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Historical Examples

  • I like not this sudden and uncontemplated visit to Castle Dacre.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Clarendon is now very hot on this war, which he fancies is to produce great and uncontemplated effects.

British Dictionary definitions for uncontemplated


verb (mainly tr)
  1. to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
  2. (intr) to think intently and at length, esp for spiritual reasons; meditate
  3. to look at thoughtfully; observe pensively
  4. to have in mind as a possibilityto contemplate changing jobs
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Derived Formscontemplator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin contemplāre, from templum temple 1
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Word Origin and History for uncontemplated



1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.

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