The definition of contemplate is to look at something, think about something or meditate about something for a long time.(verb)
If you sit around for a long time thinking about what will happen if you die, this is an example of when youcontemplate death.
See contemplate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L contemplatus, pp. of contemplari, to gaze attentively, observe (orig., in augury, to mark out space for observation < com-, intens. + templum, temple
See contemplate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing, con·tem·plates verb, transitive
Origin: Latin contemplārī, contemplāt-
Origin: : com-, intensive pref.; see com-
Origin: + templum, space for observing auguries; see tem- in Indo-European roots.
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