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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
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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
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I then gathered in the rope you were sending me, and making a coil or pile of it I seated myself upon it, ruminating and considering what I was to do to lower myself to the bottom, having no one to hold me up; and as I was thus deep in thought and perplexity, suddenly and without provocation a profound sleep fell upon me, and when I least expected it, I know not how, I awoke and found myself in the midst of the most beautiful, delightful meadow that nature could produce or the most lively human imagination conceive.
He had long determined to marry Mademoiselle Cormon; for the Charter, on which he had just been ruminating, offered to his ambition, through the half of her property, the political career of a deputy.
These innumerable multitudes of ruminating beasts often form an insurmountable obstacle to the passage of the trains; thousands of them have been seen passing over the track for hours together, in compact ranks.
Porthos was ruminating over an excellent dinner he had just demolished.
Many were the hours of care that had been passed by the guardians of Charlotte's happiness, in ruminating on the event that was to yield their charge to the keeping of another; frequent were their discussions on this interesting subject, and innumerable their plans to protect her inexperience against falling into those errors that had blasted the peace of so many around them; but the appearance of Seymour Delafield seemed as the fulfilment of their most sanguine expectations.
Adam sat ruminating a little while, and then said, "I wonder if Dinah 'ud ha' gone to see her.
D'Artagnan shut himself up, ate no dinner, closed his door to everybody, and, with a lighted lamp, and a loaded pistol on the table, he watched all night, ruminating upon the means of preventing these lovely crowns, which from the coffers of the king had passed into his coffers, from passing from his coffers into the pockets of any thief whatever.
Perhaps it was of Phidias and Pericles they were thinking, Vogelstein reflected, as they sat ruminating in their rugs.