verb (used without object)
- to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).
verb (used with object)
- to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully: He pondered his next words thoroughly.
- (when intr, sometimes foll by on or over) to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
early 14c., “to estimate the worth of, to appraise,” from Old French ponderer “to weigh, poise” (14c., Modern French pondérer) and directly from Latin ponderare “ponder, consider, reflect,” literally “to weigh,” from pondus (genitive ponderis) “weigh” (see pound (n.1)). Meaning “to weigh a matter mentally” is attested from late 14c. Related: Pondered; pondering; ponderation.