1. look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought;
- Example: "contemplate one's navel"
2. consider as a possibility;
- Example: "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
3. think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes;
- Example: "He is meditating in his study"
[syn: study, meditate, contemplate]
4. reflect deeply on a subject;
- Example: "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"
- Example: "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"
- Example: "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
[syn: chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate]
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 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. [1913 Webster] To love, at least contemplate and admire, What I see excellent. --Milton. [1913 Webster] We thus dilate Our spirits to the size of that they contemplate. --Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. To consider or have in view, as contingent or probable; to look forward to; to purpose; to intend. [1913 Webster] There remain some particulars to complete the information contemplated by those resolutions. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contemplate \Con"tem*plate\, v. i. To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to muse; to meditate. [1913 Webster] So many hours must I contemplate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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