- 1[transitive] to think about whether you should do something, or how you should do something synonym consider, think about/of contemplate something You're too young to be contemplating retirement. contemplate doing something I have never contemplated living abroad. contemplate how/what, etc… He continued while she contemplated how to answer.
- 2[transitive] to think carefully about and accept the possibility of something happening contemplate something The thought of war is too awful to contemplate. contemplate how/what, etc… I can't contemplate what it would be like to be alone. contemplate that… She contemplated that things might get even worse.
- 3[transitive, intransitive] contemplate (something) (formal) to think deeply about something for a long time to contemplate your future She lay in bed, contemplating.
- 4[transitive] contemplate somebody/something (formal) to look at somebody/something in a careful way for a long time synonym stare at She contemplated him in silence. He sat there, contemplating his fingernails. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin contemplat-
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntəmpleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntəmpleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contemplate
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntəmpleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntəmpleɪt//he / she / it contemplates
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntəmpleɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntəmpleɪts//past simple contemplated
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntəmpleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntəmpleɪtɪd//past participle contemplated
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntəmpleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntəmpleɪtɪd//-ing form contemplating
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntəmpleɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntəmpleɪtɪŋ//