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

 

ruminate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈruːmɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːmɪneɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ruminate
BrE BrE//ˈruːmɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːmɪneɪt//
 
he / she / it ruminates
BrE BrE//ˈruːmɪneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːmɪneɪts//
 
past simple ruminated
BrE BrE//ˈruːmɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːmɪneɪtɪd//
 
past participle ruminated
BrE BrE//ˈruːmɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːmɪneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form ruminating
BrE BrE//ˈruːmɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːmɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] ruminate (on/over/about something) | + speech (formal) to think deeply about something synonym ponder Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin ruminat- ‘chewed over’, from the verb ruminari.
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