verb (used with object), con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing.
- to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully: to contemplate the stars.
- to consider thoroughly; think fully or deeply about: to contemplate a difficult problem.
- to have as a purpose; intend.
- 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.
- to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.
verb (mainly tr)
- to think about intently and at length; consider calmly
- (intr) to think intently and at length, esp for spiritual reasons; meditate
- to look at thoughtfully; observe pensively
- 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.