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Verb: contemplate  'kón-tum,pleyt
  1. Look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
    "contemplate one's navel"
     
  2. Consider as a possibility
    "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
     
  3. Think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
    - study, meditate
     
  4. Think deeply about a subject or question over a period of time
    "The scientist must stop to observe and start to contemplate";
    - chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate

Derived forms: contemplates, contemplated, contemplating

Type of: cerebrate, cogitate, consider, look at, take, think, view

Encyclopedia: Contemplate