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Definition of ponder verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ponder
    he / she / it ponders
    past simple pondered
    -ing form pondering
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  1. 1to think about something carefully for a period of time synonym consider
  2. 2 ponder (about/on/over something) She pondered over his words. They were left to ponder on the implications of the announcement. ponder something The senator pondered the question for a moment. We intend to ponder all the alternatives before acting. ponder whether, what, etc… They are pondering whether the money could be better used elsewhere. + speech “I wonder why,” she pondered aloud.
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