Simple Definition of ponder
: to think about or consider (something) carefully
Full Definition of ponder
pon·deredpon·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\
1 : to weigh in the mind : appraise <pondered their chances of success>
2 : to think about : reflect on <pondered the events of the day>
: to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply
Examples of ponder
He pondered the question before he answered.
The team pondered their chances of success.
We pondered whether we could afford the trip.
Origin of ponder
Middle English, from Middle French ponderer, from Latin ponderare to weigh, ponder, from ponder-, pondus weight — more at pendant
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of ponder
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