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v. con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing, con·tem·plates
1. To look at attentively and thoughtfully: "He stood at the hall closet, contemplating his hats" (E. Annie Proulx).
2. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mysteries of the atom.
3. To have in mind as an intention or possibility: contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.
To ponder; meditate.

[Latin contemplārī, contemplāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + templum, space for observing auguries; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]

con′tem·pla′tor n.
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Called to comment, Maritain wrote, "Einstein showed himself to be a great virtuoso at the keyboard of signs but terrible as a contemplator of being.
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the Parmenides), dialectic as the copping-stone of learning, or the philosopher as "the contemplator of all being in all time" (Rep.
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We can see from this affectionate prologue that Steinbeck was a contemplator of Don Quixote.
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