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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: ponderer 'to weigh', from Latin ponderare, from pondus 'weight'


pon‧der [intransitive and transitive]
formal to spend time thinking carefully and seriously about a problem, a difficult question, or something that has happened [= consider]:
He continued to ponder the problem as he walked home.
ponder on/over/about
The university board is still pondering over the matter.
ponder how/what/whether
Jay stood still for a moment, pondering whether to go or not.

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