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
Privy to their scheme but seemingly helpless to intervene, the fetus contemplates questions of bloodlines and love.
Across Damascus, new shops are sprouting up, business is brisk, and some people who fled the civil war years ago are contemplating a return.
Opinion An improved convention center is important, but even more important is that some in Sacramento are contemplating bigger things than conventions to bring money and people to town.
So many times, Chesson Hadley has stood in the 18th fairway at TPC Wakefield Plantation, contemplating his final shot of the day.
The use of such leadership PACs are a common tactic for politicians contemplating White House bids down the road.
The administration is now contemplating a similar move among...
For example, as New Orleans city leaders contemplate upgrades to the Algiers ferry terminal on the West Bank, international art star Kara Walker plans to use part of the space as the site of a visual and musical experience.
G-7 Fallout Ripples The world order that’s persisted since WWII has shown signs of fraying, prompting new geopolitical alliances to be contemplated.
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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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