contemplate
verb
ADVERB
seriously

She was seriously contemplating moving to Mexico.

even

How could you even contemplate such an idea?

VERB + CONTEMPLATE
be prepared to (BrE), be willing to

Are you willing to contemplate retraining?

cannot, could not
refuse to
PHRASES
too awful to contemplate, too horrible to contemplate

The thought of war was too awful to contemplate.

Contemplate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑death, ↑fate, ↑future, ↑meaning, ↑move, ↑mystery, ↑retirement, ↑suicide

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  • Contemplate — Con tem*plate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contemplated} (# or #); p. pr. & vb. n. {Contemplating}.] [L. contemplatus, p. p. of contemplari to contemplate; con + templum a space for observation marked out by the augur. See {Temple}.] 1. To look …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contemplate — Con tem*plate, v. i. To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to muse; to meditate. [1913 Webster] So many hours must I contemplate. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contemplate — [v1] think about seriously; plan aim, aspire to, brood over, chew over, consider, cool out*, deliberate, design, envisage, excogitate, expect, foresee, intend, kick around*, mean, meditate on, mind, mull over, muse over, observe, percolate,… …   New thesaurus

  • contemplate — ► VERB 1) look at thoughtfully. 2) think about. 3) think profoundly and at length. 4) have as a probable intention. DERIVATIVES contemplator noun. ORIGIN Latin contemplari survey, observe, contemplate , from templum …   English terms dictionary

  • contemplate — index anticipate (expect), brood, concentrate (pay attention), conjure, consider, deliberate, de …   Law dictionary

  • contemplate — 1590s, from L. contemplatus, pp. of contemplari survey, observe (see CONTEMPLATION (Cf. contemplation)). Related: Contemplated; contemplating …   Etymology dictionary

  • contemplate — 1 study, *consider, weigh, excogitate Analogous words: *ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate: reflect, cogitate, speculate, *think 2 observe, survey, notice, remark, note, perceive, discern, *see, view, behold, descry, espy Analogous words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contemplate — [kän′təm plāt΄] vt. contemplated, contemplating [< L contemplatus, pp. of contemplari, to gaze attentively, observe (orig., in augury, to mark out space for observation < com , intens. + templum,TEMPLE1] 1. to look at intently; gaze at 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • contemplate — con|tem|plate [ˈkɔntəmpleıt US ˈka:n ] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of contemplari, from com ( COM ) + templum ( TEMPLE)] 1.) [T] to think about something that you might do in the future = ↑consider ▪ He had even… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • contemplate */*/ — UK [ˈkɒntəmˌpleɪt] / US [ˈkɑntəmˌpleɪt] verb Word forms contemplate : present tense I/you/we/they contemplate he/she/it contemplates present participle contemplating past tense contemplated past participle contemplated 1) a) [transitive] to… …   English dictionary

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