Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- To look at on all sides or in all its aspects; to view or consider with continued attention; to regard with deliberate care; to meditate on; to study, ponder, or consider.
- To love, at least contemplate and admire, / What I see excellent.
- We thus dilate / Our spirits to the size of that they contemplate.
- To consider as a possibility.
- A. Hamilton
- 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.
- 2013 July 20, “The attack of the MOOCs”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.
- I contemplated doing the project myself, but it would have taken too long.
- A. Hamilton
- See also Wikisaurus:ponder
think about something in a concentrated manner
- “contemplate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- second-person plural present indicative of contemplare
- second-person plural imperative of contemplare
- feminine plural of contemplato
- vocative masculine singular of contemplātus