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
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.
Few Israelis can contemplate dividing Jerusalem, and almost none would entertain Palestinian demands for allowing refugees and their descendants, who now number in the millions, the right to live in Israel.
The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a major landowner east of South Robert, is contemplating what to do with its building, which is one of the oldest in its inventory and in need of an upgrade.
The Lynchburg public school system, which educated five thousand white students and a thousand black students, slowly but steadily contemplated its own integration.
A few years ago, after returning to Canton to care for her dying grandmother, Sutherland found herself at a crossroads, contemplating another governess gig.
Privy to their scheme but seemingly helpless to intervene, the fetus contemplates questions of bloodlines and love.
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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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