Contemplate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkɑːntəmpleɪt|  American pronunciation of the word contemplate
Brit.  |ˈkɒntempleɪt|  British pronunciation of the word contemplate
- look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
contemplate one's navel
- consider as a possibility
I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job
- think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes (syn: meditate, study)
- reflect deeply on a subject (syn: excogitate, meditate, mull, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over)


He contemplated the meaning of the poem for a long time.

I'd like some time to just sit and contemplate.

She stood and quietly contemplated the scene that lay before her.

The beautiful statue which they were contemplating belonged to their host.

He contemplated resigning.

Her manner of life during these years is pleasant to contemplate.

He had even contemplated suicide.

Did you ever contemplate resigning?

The thought that she might be dead was too terrible to contemplate.

Jack went on vacation to contemplate his future.

She sat down and contemplated what she had done.

He contemplated her with a faint smile.

Is it not necessary to contemplate it in all its aspects?

I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job

It's revolting to contemplate such a possibility.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: contemplate
he/she/it: contemplates
present participle: contemplating
past tense: contemplated
past participle: contemplated
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