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One entry found for ponder.
Main Entry: pon·der
Pronunciation: primarystresspän-dschwar
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): pon·dered; pon·der·ing /-d(schwa-)rieng/
: to consider carefully
- pon·der·er /-dschwar-schwar/ noun
synonyms PONDER, MEDITATE, RUMINATE mean to consider or examine closely or deliberately. PONDER implies prolonged thinking about a matter often with a careful consideration and weighing of different aspects or alternatives <pondered her next chess move>. MEDITATE implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something so as to understand it deeply <meditated on the meaning of life>. RUMINATE implies going over the same matter in one's thoughts again and again but suggests a more casual and less focused approach <ruminating on the possibilities the future might hold>.

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