Contemplate
Contemplate Con"tem*plate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contemplated} (# or #); p. pr. & vb. n. {Contemplating}.] [L. contemplatus, p. p. of contemplari to contemplate; con- + templum a space for observation marked out by the augur. See {Temple}.] 1. To look at on all sides or in all its bearings; to view or consider with continued attention; to regard with deliberate care; to meditate on; to study. [1913 Webster]

To love, at least contemplate and admire, What I see excellent. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

We thus dilate Our spirits to the size of that they contemplate. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. To consider or have in view, as contingent or probable; to look forward to; to purpose; to intend. [1913 Webster]

There remain some particulars to complete the information contemplated by those resolutions. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

If a treaty contains any stipulations which contemplate a state of future war. --Kent.

Syn: To view; behold; study; ponder; muse; meditate on; reflect on; consider; intend; design; plan; propose; purpose. See {Meditate}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Contemplate — Con tem*plate, v. i. To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to muse; to meditate. [1913 Webster] So many hours must I contemplate. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contemplate — [v1] think about seriously; plan aim, aspire to, brood over, chew over, consider, cool out*, deliberate, design, envisage, excogitate, expect, foresee, intend, kick around*, mean, meditate on, mind, mull over, muse over, observe, percolate,… …   New thesaurus

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  • contemplate — [kän′təm plāt΄] vt. contemplated, contemplating [< L contemplatus, pp. of contemplari, to gaze attentively, observe (orig., in augury, to mark out space for observation < com , intens. + templum,TEMPLE1] 1. to look at intently; gaze at 2.… …   English World dictionary

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