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.
v think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
v reflect deeply on a subject
- chew over, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
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think or reflect beforehand or in advance
make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
consider or ponder something carefully
consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
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
have doubts about