Contemplate Definition

contemplated, contemplates, contemplating
contemplated, contemplates, contemplating
To look at intently; gaze at.
Webster's New World
To meditate or muse, sometimes specif. in a religious or mystical way.
Webster's New World
To think about intently; study carefully.
Webster's New World
To have in mind as a possibility or plan; intend.
Webster's New World
To ponder; meditate.
American Heritage

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

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