Definition of contemplation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒntəmˈpleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntəmˈpleɪʃn//
    [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. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin contemplatio(n-), from the verb contemplari, based on templum ‘place for observation’.Extra examples She was lost in contemplation of the scene in front of her. the contemplation of beauty He sat by the window, deep in contemplation. Let’s take a few moments of quiet contemplation. Some people spend much time in contemplation of the mysteries of life and death. The monks dedicate themselves to a life of prayer and contemplation.Idioms (formal) being considered By 1613 even more desperate measures were in contemplation.
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