Definition of contemplate
1 : to view or consider with continued attention : meditate on contemplate the vastness of the universe contemplated the meaning of the poem
2 : to view as likely or probable or as an end or intention contemplate marriage contemplated a move to Alaska
contemplatorplay \ˈkän-təm-ˌplā-tər, -ˌtem\ noun
Examples of contemplate in a Sentence
He contemplated the meaning of the poem for a long time.
I'd like some time to just sit and contemplate.
She stood and quietly contemplated the scene that lay before her.
Recent Examples of contemplate from the Web
Such a motion for a change of venue would mean the defense was contemplating letting a jury decide Van Dyke's fate — a surprise given the notoriety of the case.
Almost immediately after his firing, agents and publishers pounced, setting off speculation that Mr. Comey was contemplating writing a book.
Several Hoosiers began contemplating professional futures.
During the testing period a situation arose where a lawsuit was being contemplated against the city but never filed after body camera footage was reviewed, Dickey said.
Although contemplated as a futuristic fleet of nimble warships capable of fighting in shallow waters, the littorals have been plagued during the past decade by cost overruns, design flaws, maintenance glitches and leadership snafus.
City leaders contemplated doing away with drinking alcohol on the street -- a practice many consider a Big Easy birthright -- and a prohibition on food and drink sales through street-facing windows.
Anyone contemplating the full cost of attendance at what is arguably the nation’s most prominent Catholic undergraduate institution probably wonders just how big those checks are for four years here.
As the number of compassionate and ethical reproductive health clinics across the country are rapidly closing their doors, CPCs, focused on convincing anyone contemplating abortion care to continue a pregnancy, are growing rapidly.
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Synonym Discussion of contemplate
CONTEMPLATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contemplate for English Language Learners
: to think deeply or carefully about (something)
: to think deeply
: to think about doing (something)
CONTEMPLATE Defined for Kids
Definition of contemplate for Students
1 : to look at with careful and thoughtful attention
2 : to think about deeply and carefully
3 : to have in mind : plan on Maybe we should contemplate a trip to Europe.
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