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
In towns across Ohio, similar debates are emerging as legislators ponder both the fiscal and emotional costs of an opioid epidemic that killed nearly 4,000 people in the state in the past year, according to the Ohio's Health Department.
In towns across Ohio, similar debates are emerging as legislators ponder both the fiscal and emotional costs of an opioid epidemic that killed nearly 4,000 people in the state in the past year, according to the Ohio’s Health Department.
The Cubs hammered four long home runs off him in the first three innings and ran up a lightning-quick eight-run lead in their first game in Baltimore since 2003, while the Orioles were left to ponder a pitching crisis that refuses to abate.
Six weeks after being warned that the site might have to close unless permanent support was forthcoming, Louisville city officials are pondering ongoing financial aid for the Muhammad Ali boyhood home and museum on Grand Avenue.
Charlie Spies, a campaign finance lawyer at Clark Hill who advises GOP candidates and groups, said pondering such a case against Trump Jr. would be a stretch.
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.
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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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