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con·tem·plate

 (kŏn′təm-plāt′)
v. con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing, con·tem·plates
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.

contemplate

(ˈkɒntɛmˌpleɪt; -təm-)
vb (mainly tr)
1. to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (intr) to think intently and at length, esp for spiritual reasons; meditate
3. to look at thoughtfully; observe pensively
4. to have in mind as a possibility: to contemplate changing jobs.
[C16: from Latin contemplāre, from templum temple1]
ˈcontemˌplator n

con•tem•plate

(ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪt, -tɛm-)

v. -plat•ed, -plat•ing. v.t.
1. to look at or view with continued attention; observe thoughtfully.
2. to consider thoroughly; think deeply about.
3. to have in view as a purpose; intend: to contemplate bribery.
4. to have in view as a future event: to contemplate buying a new car.
v.i.
5. to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.
[1585–95; < Latin contemplātus, past participle of contemplāre, contemplārī to survey, observe]
con′tem•pla`tor, n.

contemplate

, contemplation - The base of contemplate and comtemplation is Latin templum, "open space for observation."
See also related terms for observation.

contemplate


Past participle: contemplated
Gerund: contemplating

Imperative
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Present
I contemplate
you contemplate
he/she/it contemplates
we contemplate
you contemplate
they contemplate
Preterite
I contemplated
you contemplated
he/she/it contemplated
we contemplated
you contemplated
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Present Continuous
I am contemplating
you are contemplating
he/she/it is contemplating
we are contemplating
you are contemplating
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Present Perfect
I have contemplated
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he/she/it has contemplated
we have contemplated
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Past Continuous
I was contemplating
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he/she/it was contemplating
we were contemplating
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Past Perfect
I had contemplated
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he/she/it had contemplated
we had contemplated
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Future
I will contemplate
you will contemplate
he/she/it will contemplate
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Future Perfect
I will have contemplated
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we will have contemplated
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Future Continuous
I will be contemplating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contemplating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contemplating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contemplating
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Conditional
I would contemplate
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Past Conditional
I would have contemplated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.contemplate - look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought; "contemplate one's navel"
look at, view, consider - look at carefully; study mentally; "view a problem"
2.contemplate - consider as a possibility; "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
flirt with, toy with, entertain, think about, think of - take into consideration, have in view; "He entertained the notion of moving to South America"
look at, deal, consider, take - take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"
3.contemplate - think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposescontemplate - think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study"
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"
4.contemplate - 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"

contemplate

verb
1. consider, plan, think of, propose, intend, envisage, foresee, have in view or in mind He contemplated a career as an army medical doctor.
2. think about, consider, ponder, mull over, reflect upon, ruminate (upon), meditate on, brood over, muse over, deliberate over, revolve or turn over in your mind He lay in his hospital bed and cried as he contemplated his future.
3. look at, examine, observe, check out (informal), inspect, gaze at, behold, eye up, view, study, regard, survey, stare at, scrutinize, eye He contemplated his hands thoughtfully.

contemplate

verb
1. To direct the eyes on an object:
Idiom: clap one's eyes on.
2. To think or think about carefully and at length:
Idioms: cudgel one's brains, put on one's thinking cap, rack one's brain.
3. To have in mind as a goal or purpose:
Regional: mind.
Translations
يَتَأمَّل، يُفَكِّر بِجَدِّيَّهيُنْعِم النَّظَر، يَنْظُر مَلِيّا في
hledětpozorovatpřemýšlět ozvažovat
betragteoverveje
contemplar
ígrundaskoîa meî athygli
linkęs į apmąstymusmąstymasmąstytisusimąsčiussusimąsčius žvelgti
apcerētaplūkotnodomātpārdomātvērot
prezeraťuvažovať
düşünceli bir şekilde bakmauzun uzun düşünmek

contemplate

[ˈkɒntempleɪt] VT
1. (= gaze at) → contemplar
I contemplate the future with misgivingel futuro lo veo dudoso
2. (= consider) → contemplar; (= reflect upon) → considerar
we contemplated a holiday in Spainnos planteamos unas vacaciones en España
he contemplated suicidepensó en suicidarse
to contemplate doing sthpensar en hacer algo
when do you contemplate doing it?¿cuándo se propone hacerlo?
3. (= expect) → contar con

contemplate

[ˈkɒntəmpleɪt] vt
(= look at) → contempler
(= consider) → envisager
to contemplate doing sth → envisager de faire qch

contemplate

vt
(= look at)betrachten
(= think about, reflect upon)nachdenken über (+acc); (= consider) changes, a purchase, action, accepting an offerin Erwägung ziehen, erwägen (geh); a holidaydenken an (+acc); he contemplated the future with some misgivingser sah der Zukunft mit einem unguten Gefühl entgegen; he would never contemplate violenceder Gedanke an Gewalttätigkeit würde ihm nie kommen; it’s too awful to contemplateschon der Gedanke (daran) ist zu entsetzlich
(= expect)voraussehen
(= intend) to contemplate doing somethingdaran denken, etw zu tun

contemplate

[ˈkɒntɛmˌpleɪt] vt (gaze at, reflect upon) → contemplare
to contemplate sth/doing sth (consider) → pensare a qc/di fare qc

contemplate

(ˈkontəmpleit) verb
1. to think seriously (about). I was contemplating (= feeling inclined towards) having a holiday; She contemplated her future gloomily.
2. to look thoughtfully at. The little boy stood contemplating himself in the mirror.
ˌcontemˈplation noun
contemplative (kənˈtemplətiv) , ((American) ˈkontəmpleitiv) adjective
conˈtemplatively adverb
References in classic literature ?
At the time when Francine's jealousy began to interfere with all freedom of intercourse between Emily and himself at Monksmoor, he had contemplated making arrangements which might enable them to meet at the house of his invalid sister, Mrs.
to Edna his letter of disapproval carried instructions--the most minute instructions--to a well-known architect concerning the remodeling of his home, changes which he had long contemplated, and which he desired carried forward during his temporary absence.
Ferguson; secondly, as to the trip itself, which, some contended, would not be undertaken at all, and which was really contemplated, according to others; thirdly, upon the success or failure of the enterprise; and fourthly, upon the probabilities of Dr.
That another contemplated no worse a deed than he had contemplated in no way palliated the hideousness of the other's offense.
The more it is contemplated, the more important will appear this ultimate though contingent power, of deciding the competitions of the most illustrious citizens of the Union, for the first office in it.
When he contemplated a lifetime at Flack's, a lifetime of bee-dodging and carpet-beating and water-lugging, and reflected that, but for a few innocent words--words spoken, mark you, in a pure spirit of kindliness and brotherly love with the object of putting a bit of optimistic pep into sister!--he might have been in a position to touch a millionaire brother-in-law for the needful whenever he felt disposed, the iron entered into Nutty's soul.
The Northwest Company had made a second memorial to that government, representing Astoria as an American establishment, stating the vast scope of its contemplated operations, magnifying the strength of its fortifications, and expressing their fears that, unless crushed in the bud, it would effect the downfall of their trade.
One of the sovereigns of Europe had decided on making some radical changes in the mounting and equipment of a cavalry regiment; and he required the assistance of Hardyman in that important part of the contemplated reform which was connected with the choice and purchase of horses.
The messenger soon returned at the head of a long row of urchins, great and small, who, being confronted by the bachelor at the house door, fell into various convulsions of politeness; clutching their hats and caps, squeezing them into the smallest possible dimensions, and making all manner of bows and scrapes, which the little old gentleman contemplated with excessive satisfaction, and expressed his approval of by a great many nods and smiles.
This last and newest of my many contemplated experiments in the art of inquiry--which Betteredge would probably have attributed to the clear-headed, or French, side of me being uppermost for the moment-- may fairly claim record here, on its own merits.
When we pass from the works of nature, in which all the delineations are perfectly accurate, and appear to be otherwise only from the imperfection of the eye which surveys them, to the institutions of man, in which the obscurity arises as well from the object itself as from the organ by which it is contemplated, we must perceive the necessity of moderating still further our expectations and hopes from the efforts of human sagacity.
On the evening of the 26th they reached the plain west of the mountain, watered by the Malade, the Boisee, and other streams, which comprised the contemplated trapping-ground.