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ruminate

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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ruminateru‧mi‧nate /ˈruːməneɪt/ verb [intransitive]  1 formalTHINK ABOUT to think carefully and deeply about somethingruminate on/over He sat alone, ruminating on the injustice of the world.2 technicalHBA if animals such as cows ruminate, they bring food back into their mouths from their stomachs and chew it againrumination /ˌruːməˈneɪʃən/ noun [countable, uncountable]
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ruminateShe could surely be real sweet when she tried, he ruminated.What sort of life was that, Sandra ruminated.I was ruminating on his chances when my phone rang in the hallway.Mitchell ruminated on the hideous milky flesh, thinking, I am going to eat that octopus.There never was a time when I had not ruminated on these questions.Glover ruminated silently in a different direction.As we ruminated, suddenly into our midst burst a young girl visibly in distress.ruminate on/overI was ruminating on his chances when my phone rang in the hallway.Mitchell ruminated on the hideous milky flesh, thinking, I am going to eat that octopus.He ruminated on the idea and nervously plucked a cigarette from the green onyx box beside the telephone.There never was a time when I had not ruminated on these questions.Sitting furtively with my contraband, I ruminated on whether addiction itself is considered the moral problem.
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Verb table
ruminate
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyruminate
he, she, itruminates
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyruminated
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave ruminated
he, she, ithas ruminated
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad ruminated
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill ruminate
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have ruminated
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam ruminating
he, she, itis ruminating
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you, we, theyare ruminating
Past
I, he, she, itwas ruminating
you, we, theywere ruminating
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been ruminating
he, she, ithas been ruminating
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been ruminating
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be ruminating
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been ruminating
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