Notebook, 1993-



Thoughtful observation, deep consideration, reflection, continued attention . . . . Thorough, meditative . . . . Consider deliberately . . . . Think fully, deeply, studiously . . . . . . . Have purpose, intention, prospect or expectation . . . . To look at, view, ponder, study, regard . . . . To survey.

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Contemplation n. 1. the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation. 2. full or deep consideration; reflection: religious contemplation. 3. purpose or intention. 4. prospect or expectation. [< L contemplátión- (s. of contemplátió); see Contemplate . . . .

Contemplate v.t. 1. to look at or view with continued attention; observe thoughtfully. 2. to consider thoroughly; think fully or deeply about. 3. to have as a purpose; plan or expect: to contemplate buying a new car. -v.t. 4. to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately. [< L contemplát(us), ptp. of contempláre, contemplárí to survey, observe = con- CON- + templ(um) space in heavens marked off for augural observation [possibly akin to GK témnein to cut; see -TOMY) + -átus -ATE1] -Syn. 1. regard, survey. 2. study, ponder.

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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