verb (pondered; pondering) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French ponderer, from Latin ponderare to weigh, ponder, from ponder-, pondus weight — more at pendant Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to weigh in the mind ; appraise <
pondered their chances of success
2. to think about ; reflect on <
pondered the events of the day
intransitive verb to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply • ponderer noun Synonyms: ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter <
pondered the course of action
. meditate implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something so as to understand it deeply <
meditated on the meaning of life
. muse suggests a more or less focused daydreaming as in remembrance <
mused upon childhood joys
. ruminate implies going over the same matter in one's thoughts again and again but suggests little of either purposive thinking or rapt absorption <
ruminated on past disappointments

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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