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ru·mi·nate

 (ro͞o′mə-nāt′)
v. ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing, ru·mi·nates
v.intr.
1. To turn a matter over and over in the mind.
2. To chew cud.
v.tr.
To reflect on over and over again.

[Latin rūmināre, rūmināt-, from rūmen, rūmin-, throat.]

ru′mi·na′tive adj.
ru′mi·na′tive·ly adv.
ru′mi·na′tor n.

ruminate

(ˈruːmɪˌneɪt)
vb
1. (Zoology) (of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
2. (when: intr, often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
[C16: from Latin rūmināre to chew the cud, from rumen]
ˌrumiˈnation n
ˈruminative adj
ˈruminatively adv
ˈrumiˌnator n

ru•mi•nate

(ˈru məˌneɪt)

v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing. v.i.
1. to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
2. to meditate or muse; ponder.
v.t.
3. to chew again or over and over.
4. to meditate on; ponder.
[1525–35; < Latin rūminātus, past participle of rūminārī, rūmināre; see ruminant, -ate1]
ru`mi•na′tion, n.
ru′mi•na`tive, adj.
ru′mi•na`tor, n.

ruminate


Past participle: ruminated
Gerund: ruminating

Imperative
ruminate
ruminate
Present
I ruminate
you ruminate
he/she/it ruminates
we ruminate
you ruminate
they ruminate
Preterite
I ruminated
you ruminated
he/she/it ruminated
we ruminated
you ruminated
they ruminated
Present Continuous
I am ruminating
you are ruminating
he/she/it is ruminating
we are ruminating
you are ruminating
they are ruminating
Present Perfect
I have ruminated
you have ruminated
he/she/it has ruminated
we have ruminated
you have ruminated
they have ruminated
Past Continuous
I was ruminating
you were ruminating
he/she/it was ruminating
we were ruminating
you were ruminating
they were ruminating
Past Perfect
I had ruminated
you had ruminated
he/she/it had ruminated
we had ruminated
you had ruminated
they had ruminated
Future
I will ruminate
you will ruminate
he/she/it will ruminate
we will ruminate
you will ruminate
they will ruminate
Future Perfect
I will have ruminated
you will have ruminated
he/she/it will have ruminated
we will have ruminated
you will have ruminated
they will have ruminated
Future Continuous
I will be ruminating
you will be ruminating
he/she/it will be ruminating
we will be ruminating
you will be ruminating
they will be ruminating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ruminating
you have been ruminating
he/she/it has been ruminating
we have been ruminating
you have been ruminating
they have been ruminating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ruminating
you will have been ruminating
he/she/it will have been ruminating
we will have been ruminating
you will have been ruminating
they will have been ruminating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ruminating
you had been ruminating
he/she/it had been ruminating
we had been ruminating
you had been ruminating
they had been ruminating
Conditional
I would ruminate
you would ruminate
he/she/it would ruminate
we would ruminate
you would ruminate
they would ruminate
Past Conditional
I would have ruminated
you would have ruminated
he/she/it would have ruminated
we would have ruminated
you would have ruminated
they would have ruminated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ruminate - chew the cuds; "cows ruminate"
ruminant - any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
2.ruminate - 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"

ruminate

verb ponder, think, consider, reflect, contemplate, deliberate, muse, brood, meditate, mull over things, chew over things, cogitate, rack your brains, turn over in your mind I had time to ruminate as I drove along.

ruminate

verb
Translations
přemítatpřežvykovat
märehtiä
ruminare

ruminate

[ˈruːmɪneɪt]
A. VI (lit, fig) → rumiar
to ruminate on sthrumiar algo
B. VT (lit, fig) → rumiar

ruminate

[ˈruːmɪneɪt] vi
(= ponder) → ruminer
to ruminate on sth, to ruminate over sth, to ruminate about sth → ruminer sur qch
[animal] → ruminer

ruminate

vi (lit)wiederkäuen; (fig)grübeln (→ over, about, on über +acc)

ruminate

[ˈruːmɪˌneɪt] vi (frm) → meditare
References in classic literature ?
When we had done, he brought me a pudding, and having set it before me, seemed to ruminate, and to become absent in his mind for some moments.
True," replied Danglars; "the French have the superiority over the Spaniards, that the Spaniards ruminate, while the French invent.
Wolfert Webber had now carried home a fresh stock of stories and notions to ruminate upon.
Their powers of mind seem to be rendered torpid, so that they have a horror of any thing like action, and like nothing in the world so well as to lie quietly in bed and "nurse their grief," as the old ladies express it -- that is to say, ruminate over the trouble.
For the first; there is no other way but to meditate, and ruminate well upon the effects of anger, how it troubles man's life.
Again he faced the notice and read it through, and doubtless would have turned off again to ruminate upon it had not the sailor grasped him roughly by the collar and howled into his ear.
she would ask, and the absence of any poet or painter or novelist of the true caliber at the present day was a text upon which she liked to ruminate, in a sunset mood of benignant reminiscence, which it would have been hard to disturb had there been need.
Farebrother, who for some reason seemed more inclined to ruminate than to speak.
Of this chamber, Nicholas became the tenant; and having hired a few common articles of furniture from a neighbouring broker, and paid the first week's hire in advance, out of a small fund raised by the conversion of some spare clothes into ready money, he sat himself down to ruminate upon his prospects, which, like the prospect outside his window, were sufficiently confined and dingy.
He had nothing left for it but to stir his tea round, and round, and round, and ruminate on all the fascinations of the locksmith's lovely daughter.
Winkle to ruminate on the approaching struggle, and Mr.
We all say things we regret and are often left to ruminate in hindsight.