verb (used with object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.

  1. to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully: to contemplate the stars.
  2. to consider thoroughly; think fully or deeply about: to contemplate a difficult problem.
  3. to have as a purpose; intend.
  4. to have in view as a future event: to contemplate buying a new car.

verb (used without object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.

  1. to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.

verb (mainly tr)

  1. to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
  2. (intr) to think intently and at length, esp for spiritual reasons; meditate
  3. to look at thoughtfully; observe pensively
  4. to have in mind as a possibilityto contemplate changing jobs

v.1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari “survey, observe” (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.

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