1. 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:
Ponder \Pon"der\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pondered; p. pr. & vb. n. Pondering.] [L. ponderare, fr. pondus, ponderis, a weight, fr. pendere to weigh: cf. F. pond['e]rer. See Pendant, and cf. Pound a weight.] [1913 Webster] 1. To weigh. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To weigh in the mind; to view with deliberation; to examine carefully; to consider attentively. [1913 Webster] Ponder the path of thy feet. --Prov. iv. 26. [1913 Webster] Syn: To Ponder, Consider, Muse. Usage: To consider means to view or contemplate with fixed thought. To ponder is to dwell upon with long and anxious attention, with a view to some practical result or decision. To muse is simply to think upon continuously with no definite object, or for the pleasure it gives. We consider any subject which is fairly brought before us; we ponder a concern involving great interests; we muse on the events of childhood. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ponder \Pon"der\, v. i. To think; to deliberate; to muse; -- usually followed by on or over. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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