Contemplate meaning

kŏntəm-plāt
To look at attentively and thoughtfully.
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The definition of contemplate is to look at something, think about something or meditate about something for a long time.

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.

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To ponder; meditate.
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To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder.

Contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mysteries of the atom.

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To look at on all sides or in all its aspects; to view or consider with continued attention; to regard with deliberate care; to meditate on; to study, ponder, or consider.
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To have in mind as an intention or possibility.

Contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.

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To think about intently; study carefully.
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To meditate or muse, sometimes specif. in a religious or mystical way.
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To look at intently; gaze at.
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To have in mind as a possibility or plan; intend.
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To consider as a possibility.

I contemplated doing the project myself, but it would have taken too long.

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Origin of contemplate

  • Latin contemplārī contemplāt- com- intensive pref. com– templum space for observing auguries tem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Attested since the 1590s; from Latin contemplatus (contemplātus), from contemplari (“observe, survey”).

    From Wiktionary