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contemplate (v.)

1590s, "reflect upon, ponder, study, view mentally, meditate," from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "to gaze attentively, observe; consider, contemplate," originally "to mark out a space for observation" (as an augur does), from assimilated form of com-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see com-), + templum "area for the taking of auguries" (see temple (n.1)).

From c. 1600 as "to view or observe with continued attention." From 1816 as "to intend, have in view as a future act." Related: Contemplated; contemplating.

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Definitions of contemplate

contemplate (v.)
look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought;
contemplate one's navel
contemplate (v.)
consider as a possibility;
I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job
contemplate (v.)
think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes;
Synonyms: study / meditate
contemplate (v.)
reflect deeply on a subject;
Synonyms: chew over / think over / meditate / ponder / excogitate / muse / reflect / mull / mull over / ruminate / speculate
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