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v. ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing, ru·mi·nates
1. To turn a matter over and over in the mind.
2. To chew cud.
To reflect on over and over again.
[Latin rūmināre, rūmināt-, from rūmen, rūmin-, throat.]
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]
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.
Past participle: ruminated
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|Verb||1.||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"|
meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, reflect, speculate, contemplate
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"
To think or think about carefully and at length:
chew on (or over), cogitate, consider, contemplate, deliberate, entertain, excogitate, meditate, mull, muse, ponder, reflect, revolve, study, think, think out, think over, think through, turn over, weigh.