- con|tem|plate [ˈkɔntəmpleıt US ˈka:n-] v[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of contemplari, from com- ( COM-) + templum ( TEMPLE)]1.) [T]to think about something that you might do in the future= ↑consider▪ He had even contemplated suicide.contemplate doing sth▪ Did you ever contemplate resigning?2.) [T]to accept the possibility that something is truetoo dreadful/horrifying etc to contemplate▪ The thought that she might be dead was too terrible to contemplate.3.) [I and T]to think about something seriously for a period of time= ↑consider▪ Jack went on vacation to contemplate his future.contemplate what/whether/how etc▪ She sat down and contemplated what she had done.contemplate your navel(=think so much about your own life that you do not notice other important things - used humorously)4.) [T]to look at someone or something for a period of time in a way that shows you are thinking▪ He contemplated her with a faint smile.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.