Ruminate meaning

ro͝omə-nāt
To ruminate is to think seriously or deeply about something.

An example of ruminate is when you carefully contemplate an idea and give it serious thought.

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To turn a matter over and over in the mind.
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To reflect on over and over again.
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To chew cud.
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To chew (the cud), as a cow does.
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To turn (something) over in the mind; meditate (on)
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To turn a matter over and over in the mind.
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To chew cud.
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(intransitive) To chew cud. (Said of ruminants.) Involves regurgitating partially digested food from the rumen.

A camel will ruminate just as a cow will.

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(intransitive) To meditate or reflect.

I didn't answer right away because I needed to ruminate first.

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To meditate or ponder over; to muse on.
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(botany) Having a hard albumen penetrated by irregular channels filled with softer matter, as the nutmeg and the seeds of the North American papaw.

A ruminate endosperm.

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Origin of ruminate

  • Latin rūmināre rūmināt- from rūmen rūmin- throat

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

  • 1533, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1547), from Latin rÅ«minātus, past participle of rÅ«mināre (“to chew the cud, turn over in the mind"), from rÅ«men (“the throat, gullet") (generally ruminis), of uncertain origin.

    From Wiktionary