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Definition of ponder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ponder

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɒndə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːndər//
 
[intransitive, transitive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ponder
BrE BrE//ˈpɒndə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːndər//
 
he / she / it ponders
BrE BrE//ˈpɒndəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːndərz//
 
past simple pondered
BrE BrE//ˈpɒndəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːndərd//
 
past participle pondered
BrE BrE//ˈpɒndəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːndərd//
 
-ing form pondering
BrE BrE//ˈpɒndərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːndərɪŋ//
 
 
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to think about something carefully for a period of time synonym consider 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. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘appraise, judge the worth of’): from Old French ponderer ‘consider’, from Latin ponderare ‘weigh, reflect on’, from pondus, ponder- ‘weight’.Extra examples I pondered hard over the reply to his letter. I walked up the stairs, pondering on her reaction to my news. She pondered aloud the question of what should be done. She pondered for a moment before replying. Spencer stopped to ponder the thought. This was something I had been pondering about for some time.
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