1. [ verb ] look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought

"contemplate one's navel"

Related terms: view contemplation
2. [ verb ] consider as a possibility

"I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"

Related terms: consider entertain contemplation
3. [ verb ] think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
Synonyms: study meditate

"He is meditating in his study"

Related terms: think contemplation study cogitation
4. [ verb ] reflect deeply on a subject
Synonyms: reflect muse ponder meditate think_over chew_over speculate mull excogitate ruminate mull_over

"I mulled over the events of the afternoon" "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years" "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

Related terms: think study wonder brood bethink puzzle theologise introspect premeditate deliberate contemplation meditation muller muse
Similar spelling:   contemplative