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contemplate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of contemplate

  1. 1 to give serious and careful thought to <she contemplated the problem for several hours before reaching a decision> Synonyms chew over, cogitate, consider, ponder, debate, deliberate, entertain, eye, kick around, meditate, mull (over), perpend, pore (over), question, revolve, ruminate, study, think (about or over), turn, weigh, wrestle (with)Related Words muse (upon), reflect (on or upon), reminisce; analyze, explore, review; conclude, reason; second-guess, speculate (about); brood (about or over), dwell (on or upon), fixate (on or upon), fret (about or over), obsess (about or over); believe, conceive, opine; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in)Near Antonyms disregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject

  2. 2 to have in mind as a purpose or goal <he waited patiently, contemplating revenge all the while> Synonyms aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, intend, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purposeRelated Words dream, hope, wish; consider, debate, mull (over), ponder; attempt, endeavor, strive, struggle, try; plot, scheme; accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, perform





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