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verb [intransitive/transitive] formal     ponder pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepondering
past tensepondered
past participlepondered
  1. to think carefully about something for a long time before reaching a decision

    Injuries to key players have left the coach pondering his options for the next game.

    ponder how/what/when etc.:

    Mike pondered what he should say to his wife.

    ponder on/over:

    I’ve been pondering over the problem for weeks now.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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