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Definition of "contemplate" []

  • To look at attentively and thoughtfully. See Synonyms at see1. (verb-transitive)
  • To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mystery of God. (verb-transitive)
  • To have in mind as an intention or possibility: contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement. (verb-transitive)
  • To ponder; meditate. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "contemplate" in a sentence
  • "I think the more fun possibility to contemplate is something like attempted reckless homicide"
  • "I have used a range finder for a number of years to help make the decision as to whether the shot I contemplate is within my comfort range."
  • "The Colts coach will again contemplate whether to retire after his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Chargers for a second consecutive season."