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ruminate (v.)

1530s, of a person, "to turn over in the mind, muse, meditate, think again and again;" 1540s, "to chew cud;" from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud," also "turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," a word of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating; ruminative.

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Definitions of ruminate

ruminate (v.)
chew the cuds;
cows ruminate
ruminate (v.)
reflect deeply on a subject;
Synonyms: chew over / think over / meditate / ponder / excogitate / contemplate / muse / reflect / mull / mull over / speculate
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