Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: contemplate
IPA transcription: [k'ɑntəmpl,eɪt]
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: contemplate
    Meaning: look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought; "contemplate one's navel"
  • Synonyms: contemplate
    Meaning: consider as a possibility; "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
  • Synonyms: study, meditate, contemplate
    Meaning: think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study"
  • Synonyms: chew_over, think_over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull_over, ruminate, speculate
    Meaning: reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
Usage examples
  • Now just contemplate the effect of a 600-foot tide.
  • First, we are aged respectively thirty-seven and seventeen; and he could not contemplate without quaking the twenty years that divide us.
  • The sultan returned to the palace, and after this went frequently to the window to contemplate and admire the wonderful palace of his son-in-law.
  • Early the next morning, when the sultan, according to custom, went to contemplate and admire Aladdin's place, his amazement was unbounded to find that it could nowhere be seen.
  • For a moment my soul was elevated from its debasing and miserable fears to contemplate the divine ideas of liberty and self sacrifice of which these sights were the monuments and the remembrancers.
  • Those who have been accustomed to contemplate the circumstances which produce and constitute national wealth, must be satisfied that there is no common standard or barometer by which the degrees of it can be ascertained.
  • Man's power to destroy has been discovered and across the sky can be seen in letters of blood the warning, "Abolish war or perish." Some say the war ended six months too soon, but had it continued that much longer, the probable results are too awful to contemplate.
  • Some, too, seemed to contemplate the costumes of the old writers, merely to imbibe their principles of taste, and to catch their air and spirit; but I grieve to say, that too many were apt to array themselves, from top to toe, in the patchwork manner I have mentioned.
  • The vehicle travelled very slowly, for the traffic was concentrated in this quarter by reason of the stoppage on Ludgate Hill, and Mr. Dunbar was able to contemplate at his leisure the black prison-walls, and the men and women selling dogs'-collars under their dismal shadows.
  • "When I would beget content," says Izaak Walton, "and increase confidence in the power and wisdom and providence of Almighty God, I will walk the meadows by some gliding stream, and there contemplate the lilies that take no care, and those very many other little living creatures that are not only created, but fed (man knows not how) by the goodness of the God of Nature, and therefore trust in Him."