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Contemplate vb [L contemplatus, pp. of conctemplari, fr. com- + templum space marked out for observation of auguries -more at Temple] vt  1: to view or consider with continuted attention: mediate on 2: to view as contingent or probable or as an end or intention -vi: Ponder, Mediate -syn. see Consider
Contemplation n [13c] 1 a: concentration on spiritual things as a form of private devotion b: a state of mystical awareness of God's being 2: an act of considering with attention: Study 3: the act of regarding steadily 4: Intention, Expectation
Contemplative adj [14c]: marked by or given to contemplation: specif: of or relating to a religious order devoted to prayer and penance
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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