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contemplate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of contemplate

  1. 1 to give serious and careful thought to she contemplated the problem for several hours before reaching a decision Synonyms of contemplate chew over, cogitate, consider, ponder, debate, deliberate, entertain, eye, kick around, meditate, mull (over), perpend, pore (over), question, revolve, ruminate, study, think (about or over), turn, weigh, wrestle (with)Words Related to contemplate muse (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 Antonyms of contemplate disregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject

  2. 2 to have in mind as a purpose or goal he waited patiently, contemplating revenge all the while Synonyms of contemplate aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, intend, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purposeWords Related to contemplate dream, hope, wish; consider, debate, mull (over), ponder; attempt, endeavor, strive, struggle, try; plot, scheme; accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, perform

Synonym Discussion of contemplate

consider, study, contemplate, weigh mean to think about in order to arrive at a judgment or decision. consider may suggest giving thought to in order to reach a suitable conclusion, opinion, or decision.
    • refused even to consider my proposal
study implies sustained purposeful concentration and attention to details and minutiae.
    • study the plan closely
contemplate stresses focusing one's thoughts on something but does not imply coming to a conclusion or decision.
    • contemplate the consequences of refusing
weigh implies attempting to reach the truth or arrive at a decision by balancing conflicting claims or evidence.
    • weigh the pros and cons of the case


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