Definition of contemplate
- contemplate the vastness of the universe
- contemplated the meaning of the poem
- contemplate marriage
- contemplated a move to Alaska
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.
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chew over, cogitate, consider, debate, deliberate, entertain, eye, kick around, meditate, mull (over), perpend, ponder, pore (over), question, revolve, ruminate, study, think (about or over), turn, weigh, wrestle (with);
beat one's brains out (about), chew on, cudgel one's brains (about), look at;
: to think deeply or carefully about (something)
: to think deeply
: to think about doing (something)
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