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
  1. verb
    think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
    synonyms: meditate, study
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    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
  2. verb
    reflect deeply on a subject
    synonyms: chew over, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
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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
  3. verb
    look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
    contemplate one's navel”
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    consider, look at, view
    look at carefully; study mentally
  4. verb
    consider as a possibility
    “I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job”
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    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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