|Origin:||, past participle of contemplari, from com- ( COM-) + templum ( TEMPLE)|
to think about something that you might do in the future [= consider]:
He had even contemplated suicide.
contemplate doing something
Did you ever contemplate resigning?
to accept the possibility that something is true
too dreadful/horrifying etc to contemplate
The thought that she might be dead was too terrible to contemplate.
3 [intransitive and transitive]
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)
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.