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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.