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ruminate

verb ru·mi·nate \ˈrü-mə-ˌnāt\

: to think carefully and deeply about something

of an animal : to bring up and chew again what has already been chewed and swallowed

ru·mi·nat·edru·mi·nat·ing

Full Definition of RUMINATE

transitive verb
1
:  to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly
2
:  to chew repeatedly for an extended period
intransitive verb
1
:  to chew again what has been chewed slightly and swallowed :  chew the cud
2
:  to engage in contemplation :  reflect
ru·mi·na·tion \ˌrü-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
ru·mi·na·tive \ˈrü-mə-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective
ru·mi·na·tive·ly adverb
ru·mi·na·tor \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of RUMINATE

  1. The question got us ruminating on the real value of wealth.
  2. He ruminated over the implications of their decision.

Origin of RUMINATE

Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminari to chew the cud, muse upon, from rumin-, rumen rumen; perhaps akin to Sanskrit romantha act of chewing the cud
First Known Use: 1533

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ruminate

intransitive verb ru·mi·nate \ˈrü-mə-ˌnāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
ru·mi·nat·edru·mi·nat·ing

Medical Definition of RUMINATE

1
:  to chew again what has been chewed slightly and swallowed :  chew the cud
2
:  to engage in contemplation

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