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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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