perpend

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verb per·pend \(ˌ)pər-ˈpend\

Definition of perpend

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to reflect on carefully :  ponder

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to be attentive :  reflect

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Examples of perpend in a Sentence

  1. spent the long weekend perpending what he wanted to do with his life

Did You Know?

Perpend isn't used often these days, but when it does show up it is frequently imperative, as in our second example. As such, its use can be compared to the phrase "mark my words." "Perpend" arrived in English in the 15th century from the Latin verb perpendere, which in turn comes from pendere, meaning "to weigh." Appropriately, our English word essentially means "to weigh carefully in the mind." "Pendere" has several descendants in English, including "append," "compendium," "expend," and "suspend." "Perpend" can also be a noun meaning "a brick or large stone reaching through a wall" or "a wall built of such stones," but that "perpend" comes from a Middle French source and is unrelated to the verb.

Origin and Etymology of perpend

Middle English, from Latin perpendere, from per- thoroughly + pendere to weigh — more at per-, pendant



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