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Definition of contemplation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1the act of thinking deeply about something He sat there deep in contemplation. a few moments of quiet contemplation a life of prayer and contemplation
  2. 2the act of looking at something in a calm and careful way She turned from her contemplation of the photograph.
  3. Idioms
    in contemplation (formal)
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    being considered By 1613 even more desperate measures were in contemplation.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: contemplation