Definitions for: Contemplate


[v] reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
[v] consider as a possibility; "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
[v] think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study"
[v] look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought; "contemplate one's navel"



Webster (1913) Definition: Con"tem*plate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Contemplated (# or #); p. pr. & vb. n. Contemplating.]
[L. contemplatus, p. p. of contemplari to contemplate; con- +
templum a space for observation marked out by the augur. See
Temple.]
1. To look at on all sides or in all its bearings; to view or
consider with continued attention; to regard with
deliberate care; to meditate on; to study.

To love, at least contemplate and admire, What I see
excellent. --Milton.

We thus dilate Our spirits to the size of that they
contemplate. --Byron.

2. To consider or have in view, as contingent or probable; to
look forward to; to purpose; to intend.

There remain some particulars to complete the
information contemplated by those resolutions. --A.
Hamilton.

If a treaty contains any stipulations which
contemplate a state of future war. --Kent.

Syn: To view; behold; study; ponder; muse; meditate on;
reflect on; consider; intend; design; plan; propose;
purpose. See Meditate.


Con"tem*plate, v. i.
To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to
muse; to meditate.

So many hours must I contemplate. --Shak.

Synonyms: chew over, excogotate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over

See Also: bethink, brood, cerebrate, cogitate, consider, consider, deal, dwell, entertain, flirt with, introspect, look at, look at, premeditate, puzzle, question, study, take, theologise, theologize, think, think about, think of, toy with, view, wonder, worry

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