ruminate

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Etymology[edit]

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), of uncertain origin.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɹumɪneɪt/
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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.
    • 2020 April 8, David Clough, “How the West Coast wiring war was won”, in Rail, page 59:
      Meanwhile, the MoT had itself also been ruminating on options for the northern half of the route.
  3. (transitive) To meditate or ponder over; to muse on.
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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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Verb[edit]

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