July 14, 2018
ponder (verb)
\PAHN-der\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to consider carefully
How do you use it?
Then there she stood in the doorway to the front room. Grandma? She seemed to ponder the distance off my right ear. (Richard Peck, _A Year Down Yonder_)
Are you a word wiz?

If you think about it, there are several words in English that mean about the same thing as "ponder." Which word is a synonym of "ponder"?

After all things are considered, answer D is the correct choice. "Ponder," "meditate," and "muse" all mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. "Ponder" suggests carefully thinking about a problem or matter, often without reaching a solution, as in "pondering the best course of action." "Meditate" implies concentrating on something so as to understand it deeply, as in "meditating on the meaning of life." "Muse" suggests day-dreaming about something or remembering it fondly, as in "musing on childhood joys."
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