Definition of contemplate
contemplatorplay \-ˌplā-tər\ 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.
Origin and Etymology of contemplate
Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari, from com- + templum space marked out for observation of auguries — more at temple
First Known Use: circa 1533
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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