contemplate




Before you accept a job offer, or a college’s offer of admission, you should take time to contemplate the pros and cons of your decision. If you contemplate something, you think about it carefully.

Contemplate is from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari “to gaze attentively, observe,” from the prefix com- “together” plus templum “temple.” The original meaning of Latin contemplari was “to mark out a space for observing auguries or omens,” and the temple was a holy space reserved for this purpose.

Definitions of contemplate
  1. verb

    think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

    synonyms:
    meditate, study
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    type of:

    cerebrate, cogitate, think

    use or exercise the mind or one’s power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

  2. verb

    reflect deeply on a subject

    synonyms:
    chew over, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
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    premeditate

    think or reflect beforehand or in advance
    theologise, theologize

    make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
    introspect

    reflect on one’s own thoughts and feelings
    bethink

    consider or ponder something carefully
    cogitate

    consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one’s mind
    question, wonder

    place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
    puzzle

    be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
    consider, study

    give careful consideration to
    factor, factor in, factor out

    consider as relevant when making a decision
    compare, equate, liken

    consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
    scruple

    have doubts about
    type of:

    cerebrate, cogitate, think

    use or exercise the mind or one’s power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

  3. verb

    look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought

    contemplate one’s navel”
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    type of:

    consider, look at, view

    look at carefully; study mentally

  4. verb

    consider as a possibility

    “I
    contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job”
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    types:

    entertain, flirt with, think about, think of, toy with

    take into consideration, have in view
    type of:

    consider, deal, look at, take

    take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

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