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From Middle English ponderen, from Old French ponderer (“to weigh, balance, ponder”) from Latin ponderare (“to weigh, ponder”), from pondus (“weight”), from pendere (“to weigh”); see pendent and pound.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɒn.də(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɑn.dɚ/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɒndə(ɹ)
- to wonder, think of deeply
- to consider (something) carefully and thoroughly; to chew over, mull over
- I have spent days pondering the meaning of life.
- (obsolete) to weigh
to think deeply
to consider carefully
ponder (plural ponders)
- (colloquial) A period of deep thought.
- I lit my pipe and had a ponder about it, but reached no definite conclusion.
- ponder in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- ponder in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.