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English verb: contemplate

1. contemplate (perception) look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought


SamplesContemplate one's navel.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consider, look at, view

2. contemplate (cognition) consider as a possibility


SamplesI contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)consider, deal, look at, take


Narrower (hyponym)entertain, flirt with, think about, think of, toy with

3. contemplate (cognition) think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes


SamplesHe is meditating in his study.


Synonymsmeditate, study


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think

4. contemplate (cognition) reflect deeply on a subject


SamplesI 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.


Synonymschew over, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think


Narrower (hyponym)bethink, cogitate, consider, introspect, premeditate, puzzle, question, study, theologise, theologize, wonder









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