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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
Comey also ruminates on the psychology of liars in an apparent nod to the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Her pregnancy was vaguely hinted at earlier in Season 11 as well; the show gave enough clues (Scully wistfully ruminating about their future in Episode 3, for example) for some fans to pepper Gillian Anderson’s Twitter mentions with inquiries.
Psychological issues may include increased anxiety, depression, irritability, ruminating obsessive thoughts, and thoughts of suicide.
But that doesn’t stop him from ruminating from beyond the grave.
Lozman will be back inside the high court Tuesday, five years after winning a legal battle over a floating home — please don't call it a houseboat — that had the justices ruminating about inner tubes, wooden washtubs and plastic dishpans.
The room is a stand-in for Young’s sickly ruminating mind.
As diversity and gender issues continue to rock the cultural firmament, fashion designers are ruminating on their role in dictating social order and selling status quo.
Gessen also ruminates on the culture’s tendency to favor those who’ve suffered for a lack of choice — whether in becoming refugees, or picking their gender.
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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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