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CONTEMPLATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contemplate mean? 

CONTEMPLATE (verb)
  The verb CONTEMPLATE has 4 senses:

1. look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
2. consider as a possibility
3. think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
4. reflect deeply on a subject

  Familiarity information: CONTEMPLATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTEMPLATE (verb)


Sense 1contemplate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

contemplate one's navel

Hypernyms (to "contemplate" is one way to...):

consider; look at; view (look at carefully; study mentally)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2contemplate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Consider as a possibility

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job

Hypernyms (to "contemplate" is one way to...):

consider; deal; look at; take (take into consideration for exemplifying purposes)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contemplate"):

entertain; flirt with; think about; think of; toy with (take into consideration, have in view)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Sense 3contemplate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

meditate; contemplate; study

Context example:

He is meditating in his study

Hypernyms (to "contemplate" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 4contemplate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reflect deeply on a subject

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

chew over; ponder; muse; mull over; mull; meditate; think over; excogitate; ruminate; speculate; reflect; contemplate

Context examples:

I mulled over the events of the afternoon / philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years / The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate

Hypernyms (to "contemplate" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contemplate"):

premeditate (think or reflect beforehand or in advance)

theologise; theologize (make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects)

introspect (reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings)

bethink (consider or ponder something carefully)

cogitate (consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind)

question; wonder (place in doubt or express doubtful speculation)

puzzle (be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide)

consider; study (give careful consideration to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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