• WordNet 3.6
    • v contemplate reflect deeply on a subject "I 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"
    • v contemplate consider as a possibility "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
    • v contemplate think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes "He is meditating in his study"
    • v contemplate look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought "contemplate one's navel"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contemplate To consider or have in view, as contingent or probable; to look forward to; to purpose; to intend. "There remain some particulars to complete the information contemplated by those resolutions.""If a treaty contains any stipulations which contemplate a state of future war."
    • v. i Contemplate To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to muse; to meditate. "So many hours must I contemplate ."
    • Contemplate To look at on all sides or in all its bearings; to view or consider with continued attention; to regard with deliberate care; to meditate on; to study. "To love, at least contemplate and admire,
      What I see excellent.Milton."
      "We thus dilate
      Our spirits to the size of that they contemplate ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contemplate To view, look at, or observe with continued attention.
    • contemplate To consider with continued attention; reflect upon; ponder; study; meditate on.
    • contemplate To consider or have in view, as a future act or event; intend.
    • contemplate To regard; consider.
    • contemplate Synonyms To consider, meditate upon, muse upon, reflect upon, ponder; dwell upon, think about. To design, plan, purpose.
    • contemplate To think studiously; study; muse; meditate; consider deliberately.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Contemplate kon′tem-plāt or kon-tem′plāt to consider or look at attentively: to meditate on or study: to intend
    • v.i Contemplate to think seriously: to meditate (with on, upon)
    • v.t Contemplate kon′tem-plāt or kon-tem′plāt, to consider or look at attentively: to meditate on or study: to intend
    • adj Contemplate and n. Contem′plative, given to contemplation
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  • Jacob Bronowski
    “The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.”
  • Meister Eckhart
    “What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.”
  • Ghose Aurobindo
    Ghose Aurobindo
    “The fly that touches honey cannot use it's wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it's freedom and hinders contemplation.”
  • Francis Picabia
    “My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contemplatus, p. p. of contemplari, to contemplate; con-, + templum, a space for observation marked out by the augur. See Temple


In literature:

And now, again, I am bidden to contemplate the gracious ministries of the Good Shepherd.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
It was, I remember, a hot dry summer, favourable to contemplative life out of doors.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Julius lingered a little in contemplation of the quaint wood-cut representing the arrival of this lady at Brockhurst.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
That which I need is to contemplate Thy face.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
We contemplate ourselves as the WINNOWERS for the public.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
There the soul may contemplate its Creator, and hold communion with the lovely image of his Son.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
As far as producing the effect contemplated was concerned, the law was altogether inefficacious.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
The North then contemplated a dissolution of the Union.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
It is now time to contemplate English affairs, until the French Revolution.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The contemplated connection with Duroc was broken off.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

As if some saddened woman
in her lonely abode, lost in thought.
In contemplation of union with her Beloved
every pore sore, limbs limp with exhaustion
"Highway" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Gad not abroad at ev'ry quest and call
Of an untrained hope or passion.
To court each place or fortune that doth fall,
Is wantonnesse in contemplation.
"Content" by George Herbert
So by mine inner contemplation long,
By thoughts that need no speech nor oath nor song,
My spirit soars above the motley throng
Of days and nights, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
I saw the happy spirits all in bliss
beholding and beheld with heavenly sight,
contemplative of that now and of this,
and still rejoiced with subtle new delight;
"Vision " by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
Again upon the wings of Fancy fly,
And drop your plumes beneath an eastern sky:
The seat of Lydia's ancient kings explore,
And contemplate their evanescent power.
"Enigma XIV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
O triple goddess! Contemplate my plight!
Opacity, my fate! Change, my delight!
The yellow tom-cat, sunk in shifting fur,
Changes and dreams, a phosphorescent blur.
"Sonnet To The Moon" by Yvor Winters

In news:

Chris Graythen / The Times-Picayune Archive "Cherokee" the horse takes a drink while contemplating where to ' plop ' at the Plop Drop for the Therapeutic Riding Center in LaPlace.
Merwin contemplates his ancestors and his own happy, later years.
For the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate— it would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president's dream of ending nuclear proliferation.
Five months ago, Doris Williams contemplated the uncertain future that lay ahead of her.
San Angelo Monk contemplates his move to priesthood .
Cape Coral City Council is contemplating shaving the municipal work week as a way of saving some $3 million in payroll costs next year.
Tax day, April 18, will soon be upon us, so it's a perfect time to contemplate a few aspects of our tax system.
Psychic Gushikawa shuffled her Tarot cards, sprayed her head and shoulders with frankincense and myrrh to clear her energy, and contemplated the upcoming presidential election.
Contemplative drama ' Putty Hill' lands an emotional blow.
That means anyone still contemplating a 2012 bid (maybe Chris Christie or Sarah Palin) has a lot less time to pull together a credible campaign.
Implants When contemplating treatment with implants, what clinical and laboratory factors most significantly affect your choice of an implant system.
To lease the Los Positas Tennis Courts to Elings Park has had consequences probably not contemplated by the city.
This will be the first large-scale demonstration of tethered space flight, an intriguing concept seriously contemplated for the last 20 years.
In contemplating Christ's majesty shining through his humanity, we see a vision of future glory.
The prospect of an Obama versus Cain contest in the general election is fascinating to contemplate.

In science:

In turn, this implies that one cannot any longer contemplate the superweak solution for the unitarity triangle angles α and β , in which sin 2β = sin 2α.
BCP3: Summary of Theory
This contrasts with the defining property of the classical world, which, at the outset, is assumed describable by a set of variables stable enough that we can discover them or, at the very least, safely contemplate their supposed existence. A. M.
Information Tradeoff Relations for Finite-Strength Quantum Measurements
In the context of a 20-year plan, however, we must go even further, and contemplate partonic collision energies of 5–10 TeV.
Linear Collider Physics Resource Book for Snowmass 2001 - Part 1: Introduction
With this in mind it is fascinating to contemplate that DNA and other molecular configurations are actually modeled in principle as certain complex quantum states.
We are currently contemplating a somewhat similar implementation for a master framework that will allow stellar dynamics, evolution, and hydro codes to talk to each other.
The Starlab Environment for Dense Stellar Systems