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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
Still, the arrangements would be nothing without Anderson’s stunningly clear and precise singing, which inhabits songs ruminating on loneliness and rejection.
Daniels, the one with the most unorthodox ideas, starts ruminating some more.
Probably not, but the fact people are ruminating about it now, nine months after the move, speaks volumes.
Walking in nature, specifically, was found to reduce ruminating over negative experiences, which increases activity in the brain associated with negative emotions and raises risk of depression.
Beginning in 1812, and continuing until their deaths 14 years later, Adams and Jefferson exchanged 158 letters, ruminating on everything from Greek classics to religion and on to the role of the aristocracy in politics and government.
The breathy, slurring album opener is strikingly raw, ruminating on the inevitable deterioration of a love with references to severe disasters, like a plane crash and a taxicab accident.
This was serious stuff, and anyone who thought that ruminating on Melania Trump’s choice of shoes was appropriate is nothing more than a pathetic rube, right up there with the critics who made fun of Michelle Obama’s upper arm strength.
Over the piano-laden soundscape, Eminem, clad in a fitted black hoodie, ruminates about his fans' lofty expectations.
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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
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
Synonymschew over, cogitate, consider, contemplate, debate, deliberate, entertain, eye, kick around, meditate, mull (over), perpend, pore (over), question, revolve, ponder, study, think (about or over), turn, weigh, wrestle (with)
Related Wordsmuse (upon), reflect (on or upon), reminisce; analyze, explore, review; conclude, reason; second-guess, speculate (about); brood (about or over), dwell (on or upon), fixate (on or upon), fret (about or over), obsess (about or over); believe, conceive, opine; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in)
Near Antonymsdisregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject
Synonym Discussion of ruminate
- pondered the course of action
- meditated on the meaning of life
- mused upon childhood joys
- ruminated on past disappointments
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