AskDefine | Define contemplate

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1 look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought; "contemplate one's navel"
2 consider as a possibility; "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
3 think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study" [syn: study, meditate]
4 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" [syn: chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate]

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  • /ˈkɑn.təm.ˌpleɪt/
  • /"kAn.t@m.%pleIt/


  1. To think about something in a concentrated manner or for an extended period of time. To think deeply about something; to ponder or consider.
  2. To consider as a possibility.
    I contemplated doing the project myself, but it would have taken too long.


think about something in a concentrated manner



  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, contemplare#Italian|contemplare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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