contemplate

  • 1 Contemplate — Con tem*plate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contemplated} (# or #); p. pr. & vb. n. {Contemplating}.] [L. contemplatus, p. p. of contemplari to contemplate; con + templum a space for observation marked out by the augur. See {Temple}.] 1. To look …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Contemplate — Con tem*plate, v. i. To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to muse; to meditate. [1913 Webster] So many hours must I contemplate. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 contemplate — [v1] think about seriously; plan aim, aspire to, brood over, chew over, consider, cool out*, deliberate, design, envisage, excogitate, expect, foresee, intend, kick around*, mean, meditate on, mind, mull over, muse over, observe, percolate,… …

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  • 4 contemplate — ► VERB 1) look at thoughtfully. 2) think about. 3) think profoundly and at length. 4) have as a probable intention. DERIVATIVES contemplator noun. ORIGIN Latin contemplari survey, observe, contemplate , from templum …

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  • 5 contemplate — index anticipate (expect), brood, concentrate (pay attention), conjure, consider, deliberate, de …

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  • 6 contemplate — 1590s, from L. contemplatus, pp. of contemplari survey, observe (see CONTEMPLATION (Cf. contemplation)). Related: Contemplated; contemplating …

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  • 7 contemplate — 1 study, *consider, weigh, excogitate Analogous words: *ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate: reflect, cogitate, speculate, *think 2 observe, survey, notice, remark, note, perceive, discern, *see, view, behold, descry, espy Analogous words: * …

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  • 8 contemplate — [kän′təm plāt΄] vt. contemplated, contemplating [< L contemplatus, pp. of contemplari, to gaze attentively, observe (orig., in augury, to mark out space for observation < com , intens. + templum,TEMPLE1] 1. to look at intently; gaze at 2.… …

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  • 9 contemplate — verb ADVERB ▪ seriously ▪ She was seriously contemplating moving to Mexico. ▪ even ▪ How could you even contemplate such an idea? VERB + CONTEMPLATE ▪ …

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  • 10 contemplate — con|tem|plate [ˈkɔntəmpleıt US ˈka:n ] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of contemplari, from com ( COM ) + templum ( TEMPLE)] 1.) [T] to think about something that you might do in the future = ↑consider ▪ He had even… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 contemplate */*/ — UK [ˈkɒntəmˌpleɪt] / US [ˈkɑntəmˌpleɪt] verb Word forms contemplate : present tense I/you/we/they contemplate he/she/it contemplates present participle contemplating past tense contemplated past participle contemplated 1) a) [transitive] to… …

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  • 12 contemplate — [[t]kɒ̱ntəmpleɪt[/t]] contemplates, contemplating, contemplated 1) VERB If you contemplate an action, you think about whether to do it or not. [V n/ ing] For a time he contemplated a career as an army medical doctor... [V n/ ing] She contemplates …

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  • 13 contemplate — contemplatingly, adv. contemplator, n. /kon teuhm playt , tem /, v., contemplated, contemplating. v.t. 1. to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully: to contemplate the stars. 2. to consider thoroughly; think fully …

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  • 14 contemplate — 01. The company is [contemplating] moving its head office from Columbus to Detroit. 02. Now that she has finished a year at college, Sophie is [contemplating] changing from her fine arts program to a graphic arts program. 03. As Marly nears the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 contemplate — con|tem|plate [ kantəm,pleıt ] verb ** 1. ) transitive to consider doing something in the future: I m contemplating retirement next year. contemplate doing something: He refuses even to contemplate moving his family again. a ) to consider the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 contemplate — verb 1 (T) to think about something that you intend to do in the future: Aren t you a little young to be contemplating marriage? | contemplate doing sth: I ve never even contemplated leaving my job. 2 (T) to accept the possibility that something… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 contemplate — verb ( plated; plating) Etymology: Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari, from com + templum space marked out for observation of auguries more at temple Date: circa 1533 transitive verb 1. to view or consider with continued …

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  • 18 contemplate — con•tem•plate [[t]ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪt, tɛm [/t]] v. plat•ed, plat•ing 1) to look at or view with continued attention; observe thoughtfully 2) to consider thoroughly; think deeply about 3) to have in view as a purpose; intend: to contemplate… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 contemplate — See contemplate, meditate …

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  • 20 contemplate — [16] Etymologically, to contemplate something is to observe it in a ‘temple’. The word comes from the past participle of Latin contemplārī, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix com and templum. This word, source of course of English… …

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