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verb contemplate pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒntəmˌpleɪt/
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present tense
present participlecontemplating
past tensecontemplated
past participlecontemplated
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to consider doing something in the future
    contemplate doing something:

    He refuses even to contemplate moving house again.

    1. a.
      to consider the possibility of something happening

      We’re not even contemplating defeat.

      too awful/dreadful etc to contemplate:

      The alternative is too horrible to contemplate.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to think very carefully about something for a long time

    I haven’t got time to sit around contemplating the meaning of life.

  3. 3
    [transitive] mainly literary to look at something or someone for a long time


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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