contemplate

Before you accept a job offer, or a college's offer of admission, you should take time to contemplate the pros and cons of your decision. If you contemplate something, you think about it carefully.

Contemplate is from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "to gaze attentively, observe," from the prefix com- "together" plus templum "temple." The original meaning of Latin contemplari was "to mark out a space for observing auguries or omens," and the temple was a holy space reserved for this purpose.

DEFINITIONS OF: contemplate

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v think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

Synonyms:
meditate, study
Type of:
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

v reflect deeply on a subject

Synonyms:
chew over, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
Types:
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premeditate
think or reflect beforehand or in advance
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
cogitate
consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
question, wonder
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
puzzle
be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
consider, study
give careful consideration to
factor, factor in, factor out
consider as relevant when making a decision
compare, equate, liken
consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
scruple
have doubts about
Type of:
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

v look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought

contemplate one's navel”
Type of:
consider, look at, view
look at carefully; study mentally

v consider as a possibility

“I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job”
Types:
entertain, flirt with, think about, think of, toy with
take into consideration, have in view
Type of:
consider, deal, look at, take
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
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