ruminate

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1533, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1547), from Latin rūminātus, past participle of rūmināre ‎(to chew the cud, turn over in the mind), from rūmen ‎(the throat, gullet) (generally ruminis), of uncertain origin.

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ruminate ‎(third-person singular simple present ruminates, present participle ruminating, simple past and past participle ruminated)

  1. (intransitive) To chew cud. (Said of ruminants.) Involves regurgitating partially digested food from the rumen.
    A camel will ruminate just as a cow will.
  2. (intransitive) To meditate or reflect.
    I didn't answer right away because I needed to ruminate first.
  3. (transitive) To meditate or ponder over; to muse on.
    • Shakespeare
      What I know / Is ruminated, plotted, and set down.
    • Dryden
      Mad with desire, she ruminates her sin.

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ruminate ‎(not comparable)

  1. (botany) Having a hard albumen penetrated by irregular channels filled with softer matter, as the nutmeg and the seeds of the North American papaw.
    a ruminate endosperm

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ruminate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of ruminare
  2. second-person plural imperative of ruminare
  3. feminine plural of ruminato

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rūmināte

  1. vocative masculine singular of rūminātus