If you sit around for a long time thinking about what will happen if you die, this is an example of when you contemplate death.
Contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mysteries of the atom.
Contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.
I contemplated doing the project myself, but it would have taken too long.
Origin of contemplate
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Attested since the 1590s; from Latin contemplatus (contemplātus), from contemplari (“observe, survey”).