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Examples of ruminate in a Sentence
The question got us ruminating on the real value of wealth.
He ruminated over the implications of their decision.
Recent Examples of ruminate from the Web
Rapper and professional provocateur Kanye West, ruminating on one of the bleakest chapters in American history while visiting TMZ's headquarters.
Henrikson ruminates on other purposes the trees might have served, including rites of passage for young adults, shamanism and even astronomy.
In rare cases, Bell ruminates on the saturation of color, as with a series of red-hued boxes featured in last year’s Whitney Biennial.
Look further back, though, and ruminating on the human flaws of our leaders, and also on how their human flaws made them our leaders, has been a preoccupation at least since antiquity.
Across town, Helene Gross has been ruminating over the Republican candidates.
On a recent afternoon, Mr. Viliani began a packed tour by ruminating, fittingly, on a Pompeian door.
Instead of just ruminating on worst-case scenarios, play them out to their logical conclusions.
Glover appears to be ruminating on it in his work of late, boiling it down to its component ugliness, especially in the final few episodes of Atlanta this season.
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Did You Know?
When you ruminate you chew something over, either literally or figuratively. Literal rumination may seem a little gross to humans, but to cows, chewing your cud (that's partially digested food brought up from the stomach for another chew) is just a natural part of life. Figurative ruminating is much more palatable to humans; that kind of deep, meditative thought is often deemed quite a worthy activity. The verb "ruminate" has described metaphorical chewing over since the 1500s and actual chewing since the early 1600s. Our English word derives from and shares the meanings of the Latin ruminari, which in turn derives from "rumen," the Latin name for the first stomach compartment of ruminant animals (that is, creatures like cows that chew their cud).
Origin and Etymology of ruminate
chew over, cogitate, consider, contemplate, debate, deliberate, entertain, eye, kick around, meditate, mull (over), perpend, ponder, pore (over), question, revolve, study, think (about or over), turn, weigh, wrestle (with);
beat one's brains out (about), chew on, cudgel one's brains (about), look at;
Synonym Discussion of ruminate
- pondered the course of action
- meditated on the meaning of life
- mused upon childhood joys
- ruminated on past disappointments
RUMINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ruminate for English Language Learners
: to think carefully and deeply about something
of an animal : to bring up and chew again what has already been chewed and swallowed
RUMINATE Defined for Kids
medical Definition of ruminate
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