verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminari to chew the cud, muse upon, from rumin-, rumen rumen; perhaps akin to Sanskrit romantha act of chewing the cud Date: 1533 transitive verb 1. to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly 2. to chew repeatedly for an extended period intransitive verb 1. to chew again what has been chewed slightly and swallowed ; chew the cud 2. to engage in contemplation ; reflect Synonyms: see ponderrumination nounruminative adjectiveruminatively adverbruminator noun

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  • Ruminate — Ru mi*nate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ruminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ruminating}.] [L. ruminatus, p. p. of ruminari, ruminare, fr. rumen, inis, throat, akin to ructare to belch, erugere to belch out, Gr. ?, AS. roccettan.] 1. To chew the cud; to chew… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ruminate — Ru mi*nate, v. t. 1. To chew over again. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To meditate or ponder over; to muse on. [1913 Webster] Mad with desire, she ruminates her sin. Dryden. [1913 Webster] What I know Is ruminated, plotted, and set down. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ruminate — Ru mi*nate, Ruminated Ru mi*na ted, a. (Bot.) Having a hard albumen penetrated by irregular channels filled with softer matter, as the nutmeg and the seeds of the North American papaw. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruminate — index brood, concentrate (pay attention), consider, deliberate, muse, ponder, reflect (ponder) …   Law dictionary

  • ruminate — (v.) 1530s, to turn over in the mind, also to chew cud (1540s), from L. ruminatus, pp. of ruminare to chew the cud, turn over in the mind, from rumen (gen. ruminis) gullet, of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating …   Etymology dictionary

  • ruminate — muse, meditate, *ponder Analogous words: *consider, weigh, excogitate: reflect, deliberate, speculate, cogitate, *think …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ruminate — [v] think about seriously brainstorm*, brood, chew over, cogitate, consider, contemplate, deliberate, excogitate, figure, meditate, mull over, muse, ponder, rack one’s brains*, reflect, revolve, stew about*, think, turn over, use one’s head*,… …   New thesaurus

  • ruminate — ► VERB 1) think deeply about something. 2) (of a ruminant) chew the cud. DERIVATIVES rumination noun ruminative adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • ruminate — [ro͞o′mənāt΄] vt., vi. ruminated, ruminating [< L ruminatus, pp. of ruminare: see RUMINANT] 1. to chew (the cud), as a cow does 2. to turn (something) over in the mind; meditate (on) rumination n. ruminative adj. ruminatively adv. ruminator n …   English World dictionary

  • ruminate — [[t]ru͟ːmɪneɪt[/t]] ruminates, ruminating, ruminated 1) VERB If you ruminate on something, you think about it very carefully. [FORMAL] [V on/about/over n] He ruminated on the terrible wastage that typified American life... [V on/about/over n]… …   English dictionary

  • ruminate — verb /ˈruməneɪt/ a) To chew cud. (Said of ruminants.) Involves regurgitating partially digested food from the rumen. A camel will ruminate just as a cow will. b) To meditate or reflect. I didnt answer right away because I needed to ruminate first …   Wiktionary

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