con·tem·plate /ˈkɑntəmˌplet, ˌtɛm-/
Con·tem·plate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contemplated p. pr. & vb. n. Contemplating.]
1. 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.
We thus dilate
Our spirits to the size of that they contemplate.
2. 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. --A. Hamilton.
If a treaty contains any stipulations which contemplate a state of future war. --Kent.
Syn: -- To view; behold; study; ponder; muse; meditate on; reflect on; consider; intend; design; plan; propose; purpose. See Meditate.
Con·tem·plate, v. i. To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to muse; to meditate.
So many hours must I contemplate. --Shak.
v 1: look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought; "contemplate
2: consider as a possibility; "I contemplated leaving school
and taking a full-time job"
3: think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He
is meditating in his study" [syn: study, meditate]
4: 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" [syn: chew
over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, muse,
reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate]