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
I think the more fun possibility to contemplate is something like attempted reckless homicide
I have used a range finder for a number of years to help make the decision as to whether the shot I contemplate is within my comfort range.
The Colts coach will again contemplate whether to retire after his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Chargers for a second consecutive season.
As President Karzai's government and the international community again contemplate a grand 'peace deal', now with the Taleban, it would be wise to acknowledge the, by now, empirically established fact that in Afghanistan there can be no peace without justice.
What they should contemplate is that this might have happened by a wild animal, probably a roe deer, visiting the allotment, acquiring FMD virus and then moving on to the farm which is less than a mile away.
My favorite to contemplate is "Grive"; a type of thrush.
To contemplate is to submit to the mesmeric force of material appearances whose concision and presence leave "the entire consciousness ... filled and occupied by a single image" (§ 34, 179).
In short, to do just what Mahatma Gandhi said: Whenever you are in doubt apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.
I think the more fun possibility to contemplate is something like attempted reckless homicide, meaning you don’t actually have the intent to commit a homicide.
Issues are what Nas dissects and lays out to contemplate, which is where his power lies: in the art of questioning.