contemplate
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkɑn.təmˌpleɪt/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒn.təmˌpleɪt/
Verb

contemplate (contemplates, present participle contemplating; past and past participle contemplated)

  1. To look at on all sides or in all its aspects; to view or consider with continued attention; to regard with deliberate care; to meditate on; to study, ponder, or consider.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      To love, at least contemplate and admire, / What I see excellent.
    • We thus dilate / Our spirits to the size of that they contemplate.
  2. To consider as a possibility.
    • There remain some particulars to complete the information contemplated by those resolutions.
    • If a treaty contains any stipulations which contemplate a state of future war.
    I contemplated doing the project myself, but it would have taken too long.
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