The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contemplate \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
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.
We thus dilate
Our spirits to the size of that they contemplate.
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.
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.