ruminate

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verb ru·mi·nate \ˈrü-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of ruminate

ruminated

ruminating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly

  3. 2 :  to chew repeatedly for an extended period

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to chew again what has been chewed slightly and swallowed :  chew the cud

  6. 2 :  to engage in contemplation :  reflect

rumination

play \ˌrü-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

ruminative

play \ˈrü-mə-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective

ruminatively

adverb

ruminator

play \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of ruminate in a sentence

  1. The question got us ruminating on the real value of wealth.

  2. He ruminated over the implications of their decision.

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

Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminari to chew the cud, muse upon, from rumin-, rumen rumen; perhaps akin to Sanskrit romantha act of chewing the cud


First Known Use: 1533

Synonym Discussion of ruminate

ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter <pondered the course of action>. meditate implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something so as to understand it deeply <meditated on the meaning of life>. muse suggests a more or less focused daydreaming as in remembrance <mused upon childhood joys>. ruminate implies going over the same matter in one's thoughts again and again but suggests little of either purposive thinking or rapt absorption <ruminated on past disappointments>.

RUMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

ruminate

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verb ru·mi·nate \ˈrü-mə-ˌnāt\

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

ruminate

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verb ru·mi·nate \ˈrü-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of ruminate for Students

ruminated

ruminating

  1. :  to think carefully and deeply :  meditate


Medical Dictionary

ruminate

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intransitive verb ru·mi·nate \ˈrü-mə-ˌnāt\

Medical Definition of ruminate

ruminated

;

ruminating

  1. 1:  to chew again what has been chewed slightly and swallowed :  chew the cud

  2. 2:  to engage in contemplation



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