US: /ˈkɑntəmˌpɫeɪt/
UK: /kˈɒntɪmplˌe‍ɪt/

English Vietnamese dictionary

contemplate /'kɔntempleit/
  • ngoại động từ
    • ngắm, thưởng ngoạn
    • lặng ngắm
    • dự tính, dự định, liệu trước, chờ đợi (một việc gì)
      • to contemplate doing something: dự định làm gì
  • nội động từ
    • trầm ngâm

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 to think about whether you should do sth, or how you should do sth
[VN] You're too young to be contemplating retirement. + [V -ing] I have never contemplated living abroad. [also V wh-, VN -ing]
2 to think carefully about and accept the possibility of sth happening: [VN] The thought of war is too awful to contemplate. + [V wh-] I can't contemplate what it would be like to be alone. [also V that]
3 (formal) to think deeply about sth for a long time: [VN] to contemplate your future + [V] She lay in bed, contemplating.
4 [VN] (formal) to look at sth in a careful way for a long time: She contemplated him in silence. + He sat there, contemplating his fingernails.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 look or gaze at or on or upon, behold, view, survey, observe, regard, eye; scan, scrutinize, inspect:
I contemplated the scene of the Grand Canal from my hotel room.
2 ruminate (over), ponder (on or over), deliberate (over), muse (on or over), meditate or reflect (on), think (about or over), mull over, cogitate (over), turn over in one's mind, brood on or over, chew on or over, consider, study, examine:
She was contemplating the events of the past night. Give me a moment to contemplate.
3 plan, intend, think of or about, consider, entertain the idea or notion of:
After we broke up, I contemplated emigrating to Australia.

Collocation dictionary


She was seriously contemplating working abroad.


be prepared to, be willing to
Are you prepared to contemplate retraining?
| cannot, could not | refuse to


too awful/horrible/horrific to contemplate
The thought of war was too awful to contemplate.

Concise English dictionary

+look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
+consider as a possibility
+think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
+reflect deeply on a subject