Definition of ponder
1 : to weigh in the mind : appraise pondered their chances of success
2 : to think about : reflect on pondered the events of the day
: to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply
pondererplay \-dər-ər\ noun
Examples of ponder in a Sentence
He pondered the question before he answered.
The team pondered their chances of success.
We pondered whether we could afford the trip.
Recent Examples of ponder from the Web
Jason Yosinski sits in a small glass box at Uber’s San Francisco, California, headquarters, pondering the mind of an artificial intelligence.
The telling collects tales from survivors and rescuers, as well as a look back from meteorologist pondering the lessons of the storm.
That’s worth pondering while reading Matt Yglesias’s new piece that credibly argues the junior senator from Vermont is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
Mary Ann Gerth/Courier-Journal/USA TODAY Network/Wochit Here’s something to ponder.
All are variables pondered and prioritized by the epicurious.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in an important Missouri religious freedom case, plus the Kansas City Council ponders KCI airport, police body cameras and Westport QuikTrip expansion.
One person even decided that the pensive-looking animal was pondering whether both Jack and Rose could have fit on the door in Titanic.
Presumably, those are questions pondered by many an Elvis man trying to find an inroad to his character.
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Synonym Discussion of ponder
PONDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ponder for English Language Learners
: to think about or consider (something) carefully
PONDER Defined for Kids
Definition of ponder for Students
: to think over carefully Stacey pondered the suggestion for a long moment … — Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder
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