from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To look at attentively and thoughtfully. See Synonyms at see1.
- transitive v. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mystery of God.
- transitive v. To have in mind as an intention or possibility: contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.
- intransitive v. To ponder; meditate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To think about something in a concentrated manner or for an extended period of time. To think deeply about something; to ponder or consider.
- v. To consider as a possibility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To consider or have in view, as contingent or probable; to look forward to; to purpose; to intend.
- intransitive v. To consider or think studiously; to ponder; to reflect; to muse; to meditate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To view, look at, or observe with continued attention.
- To consider with continued attention; reflect upon; ponder; study; meditate on.
- To consider or have in view, as a future act or event; intend.
- To regard; consider.
- Synonyms To consider, meditate upon, muse upon, reflect upon, ponder; dwell upon, think about. To design, plan, purpose.
- To think studiously; study; muse; meditate; consider deliberately.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. consider as a possibility
- v. look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
- v. think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
- v. reflect deeply on a subject
Latin contemplārī, contemplāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + templum, space for observing auguries; see tem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since the 1590s; from Latin contemplatus (contemplātus), from contemplari ("observe, survey"). (Wiktionary)