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pon·der

 (pŏn′dər)
v. pon·dered, pon·der·ing, pon·ders
v.tr.
To think about (something) with thoroughness and care.
v.intr.
To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care.

[Middle English ponderen, from Old French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre, from pondus, ponder-, weight; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

ponder

(ˈpɒndə)
vb
(when: intr, sometimes foll by on or over) to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
[C14: from Old French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre to weigh, consider, from pondus weight; related to pendere to weigh]

pon•der

(ˈpɒn dər)

v.
1. to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate.
v.t.
2. to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully: to ponder one's next move.
[1300–50; Middle English pondren < Middle French ponderer < Latin ponderāre to ponder, weigh; akin to pendēre to be suspended, hang (see pend)]
pon′der•er, n.

ponder


Past participle: pondered
Gerund: pondering

Imperative
ponder
ponder
Present
I ponder
you ponder
he/she/it ponders
we ponder
you ponder
they ponder
Preterite
I pondered
you pondered
he/she/it pondered
we pondered
you pondered
they pondered
Present Continuous
I am pondering
you are pondering
he/she/it is pondering
we are pondering
you are pondering
they are pondering
Present Perfect
I have pondered
you have pondered
he/she/it has pondered
we have pondered
you have pondered
they have pondered
Past Continuous
I was pondering
you were pondering
he/she/it was pondering
we were pondering
you were pondering
they were pondering
Past Perfect
I had pondered
you had pondered
he/she/it had pondered
we had pondered
you had pondered
they had pondered
Future
I will ponder
you will ponder
he/she/it will ponder
we will ponder
you will ponder
they will ponder
Future Perfect
I will have pondered
you will have pondered
he/she/it will have pondered
we will have pondered
you will have pondered
they will have pondered
Future Continuous
I will be pondering
you will be pondering
he/she/it will be pondering
we will be pondering
you will be pondering
they will be pondering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pondering
you have been pondering
he/she/it has been pondering
we have been pondering
you have been pondering
they have been pondering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pondering
you will have been pondering
he/she/it will have been pondering
we will have been pondering
you will have been pondering
they will have been pondering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pondering
you had been pondering
he/she/it had been pondering
we had been pondering
you had been pondering
they had been pondering
Conditional
I would ponder
you would ponder
he/she/it would ponder
we would ponder
you would ponder
they would ponder
Past Conditional
I would have pondered
you would have pondered
he/she/it would have pondered
we would have pondered
you would have pondered
they would have pondered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ponder - reflect deeply on a subject; "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"
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; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"
premeditate - think or reflect beforehand or in advance; "I rarely premeditate, which is a mistake"
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; "She bethought her of their predicament"
cogitate - consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
wonder, question - place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
puzzle - be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"
consider, study - give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving"

ponder

verb think about, consider, study, reflect on, examine, weigh up, contemplate, deliberate about, muse on, brood on, meditate on, mull over, puzzle over, ruminate on, give thought to, cogitate on, rack your brains about, excogitate He didn't waste time pondering the question.

ponder

verb
Translations
يُفَكِّر بِعِنايَه
važovat
overvejespekulere på
latolgatmerengmérlegeltűnődikelmélkedik
hugleiîa
gerai apgalvoti
apdomātapsvērt
begrundafundera
uzun uzun düşünmek

ponder

[ˈpɒndəʳ]
A. VTconsiderar, sopesar
B. VIreflexionar or meditar (on, over sobre)

ponder

[ˈpɒndər]
viréfléchir
to ponder about sth → réfléchir à qch
vt (= think about) [+ question, problem] → considérer
to ponder how → se demander comment
to ponder why → se demander pourquoi

ponder

vtnachdenken über (+acc); possibilities, consequences etcerwägen, bedenken
vinachdenken (→ on, over über +acc)

ponder

[ˈpɒndəʳ]
1. vtponderare, riflettere su
2. vi to ponder (on or upon)riflettere (su), meditare (su)

ponder

(ˈpondə) verb
to consider carefully. He pondered (on) the suggestion.
References in classic literature ?
He who has never swooned, is not he who finds strange palaces and wildly familiar faces in coals that glow; is not he who beholds floating in mid-air the sad visions that the many may not view; is not he who ponders over the perfume of some novel flower -- is not he whose brain grows bewildered with the meaning of some musical cadence which has never before arrested his attention.
He ponders while you count a couple of hundred, after which, speaking at the rate of three words a minute, he fancies you "couldn't do better than--" Here he catches sight of another idiot coming down the road and bawls out to him the particulars, requesting his advice.
He forgets to smoke, looks at the fire and ponders, lets his pipe out, fills the breast of Mr.
A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things, which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier, less developed consciousness passed lightly by, is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry.
Groping in intellectual darkness for a clew to his maze of doubt, his gaze, directed mechanically downward in the way of one who ponders momentous matters, fell upon something which, there, in the light of day and in the presence of living companions, affected him with terror.
There is no time to explain, and Tom's heart beats frightfully quick, as he ponders, "Will they stand by us?
A man who has lived as I have lived has his bitter moments when he ponders over human destiny.
Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight, and began to ponder how he should take his revenge, and serve his late companion some trick.
The little one leans its elbow upon Christ's knee, and with its cheek resting on its hand, gazes up at Him, pondering as children sometimes do ponder.
And as he opened his eyes and urged his horse onward, he would ponder for the ten thousandth time how possibly he was ever to hold her when she was so wild and bird-like that she was bound to flutter out and away from under his hand.
But Harris Collins pondered, scratched his head, and continued to ponder.
I like to ponder on all kinds of problems, though I can't solve 'em," said Captain Jim.