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Pronunciation:  'kântum`pleyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
  2. [v]  consider as a possibility; "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
  3. [v]  think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study"
  4. [v]  look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought; "contemplate one's navel"

CONTEMPLATE is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: chew over, excogotate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
 See Also: bethink, brood, cerebrate, cogitate, consider, consider, deal, dwell, entertain, flirt with, introspect, look at, look at, premeditate, puzzle, question, study, take, theologise, theologize, think, think about, think of, toy with, view, wonder, worry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con"tem*plate\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Contemplated} (# or #); p. pr. & vb. n. {Contemplating}.]
    [L. contemplatus, p. p. of contemplari to contemplate; con- +
    templum a space for observation marked out by the augur. See
    1. To look at on all sides or in all its bearings; to view or
       consider with continued attention; to regard with
       deliberate care; to meditate on; to study.
             To love, at least contemplate and admire, What I see
             excellent.                            --Milton.
             We thus dilate Our spirits to the size of that they
             contemplate.                          --Byron.
    2. To consider or have in view, as contingent or probable; to
       look forward to; to purpose; to intend.
             There remain some particulars to complete the
             information contemplated by those resolutions. --A.
             If a treaty contains any stipulations which
             contemplate a state of future war.    --Kent.
    Syn: To view; behold; study; ponder; muse; meditate on;
         reflect on; consider; intend; design; plan; propose;
         purpose. See {Meditate}.
  2. \Con"tem*plate\, v. i.
    To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to
    muse; to meditate.
          So many hours must I contemplate.        --Shak.
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