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con·tem·pla·tion

 (kŏn′təm-plā′shən)
n.
1. The act or state of contemplating.
2. Thoughtful observation or study.
3. Meditation on spiritual matters, especially as a form of devotion.
4. Intention or expectation: sought further information in contemplation of a career change.

contemplation

(ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃən; -təm-)
n
1. thoughtful or long consideration or observation
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) spiritual meditation, esp (in Christian religious practice) concentration of the mind and soul upon God. Compare meditation
3. purpose or intention

con•tem•pla•tion

(ˌkɒn təmˈpleɪ ʃən, -tɛm-)

n.
1. the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation.
2. full or deep consideration; meditation; reflection: religious contemplation.
3. purpose or intention.
4. prospect or expectation.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin]
contemplate, contemplation - The base of contemplate and comtemplation is Latin templum, "open space for observation."
See also related terms for observation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contemplation - a long and thoughtful observationcontemplation - a long and thoughtful observation  
stare - a fixed look with eyes open wide
2.contemplation - a calm, lengthy, intent considerationcontemplation - a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
cogitation, study - attentive consideration and meditation; "after much cogitation he rejected the offer"
consideration - the process of giving careful thought to something
meditation, speculation - continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
meditation - (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination - the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
retrospect - contemplation of things past; "in retrospect"

contemplation

noun
1. thought, consideration, reflection, musing, meditation, pondering, deliberation, reverie, rumination, cogitation The garden is a place of quiet contemplation.
2. observation, viewing, looking at, survey, examination, inspection, scrutiny, gazing at He was lost in contemplation of the landscape.

contemplation

noun
1. An act of directing the eyes on an object:
Translations
تَأمُّل، تَفْكير
uvažování
fordybelsemeditation
szemlélõdés
íhugun
düşünceye dalma

contemplation

[ˌkɒntemˈpleɪʃən] Ncontemplación f, meditación f

contemplation

[ˌkɒntəmˈpleɪʃən] n (= deep thought) → contemplation f

contemplation

n no pl
(= act of looking)Betrachtung f
(= act of thinking)Nachdenken nt (→ of über +acc); (= deep thought)Besinnung f, → Betrachtung f, → Kontemplation f (esp Rel); a life of contemplationein beschauliches or kontemplatives (esp Rel) → Leben; deep in contemplationin Gedanken versunken
(= expectation)Erwartung f

contemplation

[ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃn] ncontemplazione f

contemplate

(ˈkontəmpleit) verb
1. to think seriously (about). I was contemplating (= feeling inclined towards) having a holiday; She contemplated her future gloomily.
2. to look thoughtfully at. The little boy stood contemplating himself in the mirror.
ˌcontemˈplation noun
contemplative (kənˈtemplətiv) , ((American) ˈkontəmpleitiv) adjective
conˈtemplatively adverb
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After the second act I left Lena in tearful contemplation of the ceiling, and went out into the lobby to smoke.
She had a way of turning them swiftly upon an object and holding them there as if lost in some inward maze of contemplation or thought.
A general movement among their conductors, however, soon recalled them from a contemplation of the wild charms that night had assisted to lend the place to a painful sense of their real peril.
Happily, their father, completely absorbed in a practical, scientific, and approving contemplation of the topography and material resources of the scene of his future labors, had no time to notice their defection.
Her father meanwhile had turned away, and seemed absorbed in the contemplation of a landscape by Claude, where a shadowy and sun-streaked vista penetrated so remotely into an ancient wood, that it would have been no wonder if his fancy had lost itself in the picture's bewildering depths.
There he used to sit, gazing with a somewhat dim serenity of aspect at the figures that came and went, amid the rustle of papers, the administering of oaths, the discussion of business, and the casual talk of the office; all which sounds and circumstances seemed but indistinctly to impress his senses, and hardly to make their way into his inner sphere of contemplation.
I had perpetually to guard against the wonder of contemplation into which my initiated view betrayed me; to check the irrelevant gaze and discouraged sigh in which I constantly both attacked and renounced the enigma of what such a little gentleman could have done that deserved a penalty.
But by dint of much and earnest contemplation, and oft repeated ponderings, and especially by throwing open the little window towards the back of the entry, you at last come to the conclusion that such an idea, however wild, might not be altogether unwarranted.
One had the sense of being under the brooding contemplation of a spirit, not an inert mass of rocks and ice--a spirit which had looked down, through the slow drift of the ages, upon a million vanished races of men, and judged them; and would judge a million more--and still be there, watching, unchanged and unchangeable, after all life should be gone and the earth have become a vacant desolation.
All this had been half an hour ago, and the sun, the heat, the dust, the contemplation of errands to be done in the great metropolis of Milltown, had lulled Mr.
The happiness of this most happy day, received its completion, in the animated contemplation of his worth which this comparison produced.
She kissed me, and still keeping me at her side (where I was well contented to stand, for I derived a child's pleasure from the contemplation of her face, her dress, her one or two ornaments, her white forehead, her clustered and shining curls, and beaming dark eyes), she proceeded to address Helen Burns.