- Present participle of contemplate.
The definition of contemplating refers to thinking deeply about or to gaze intently at something.
An example of contemplating is when you are considering going to college.
- She'd been contemplating how to break the news to Kiera.
- He drummed his fingers, obviously contemplating his next words.
- Felipa slowly shook her head, obviously contemplating whether it was wise to confide in them.
- In 1889 he entertained at Hissarlik a committee of archaeological experts, deputed to examine B6tticher's absurd contention that the ruins represented not a city, but a cremation necropolis; and he was contemplating a new and more extensive campaign on the same site when, in December 1890, he was seized at Naples with an illness which ended fatally on the morning of Christmas Day.
- It is in contemplating the abstract reality which concrete things obscurely exhibit, the type or ideal which they imperfectly imitate, that the true life of the mind in man must consist; and as man is most truly man in proportion as he is mind, the desire of one's own good, which Plato, following Socrates, held to be permanent and essential in every living thing, becomes in its highest form the philosophic yearning for knowledge.