ruminate

When you ruminate, it means you are thinking very deeply about something. You're likely to be so lost in thought that you stare off into space and don't hear people when they call your name.

Another meaning of ruminate is to "chew the cud," which can mean "to turn it over and over in your mind." Or, if you're a cow, to turn food over and over in your stomachs in order to digest it. Whether you're a human or a cow, if you ruminate, it will take a LONG time.

Definitions of ruminate
  1. verb
    reflect deeply on a subject
    synonyms: chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, 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
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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
    chew the cuds
    “cows ruminate
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    eat
    take in solid food
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