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v. con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing, con·tem·plates
1. To look at attentively and thoughtfully: "He stood at the hall closet, contemplating his hats" (E. Annie Proulx).
2. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mysteries of the atom.
3. To have in mind as an intention or possibility: contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.
To ponder; meditate.

[Latin contemplārī, contemplāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + templum, space for observing auguries; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]

con′tem·pla′tor n.
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Former 2006 Bar President Hank Coxe describes Stewart, who was leading the YLD during the same term, as a rare contemplator in a world full of talkers.
(31) La invencion de Morel supports Barthes's theory, showing us metaphorically that a reader obsessed with a text is also at the same time a writer, or, in a broader scale, a contemplator extremely attentive to the mystery of his reality and also, at the same time, a man of action (the narrator not only writes, he also acts in different ways: he plants the garden, he sneaks into the museum, he figures out how to work with the machine that projects the images, etc.).
Called to comment, Maritain wrote, "Einstein showed himself to be a great virtuoso at the keyboard of signs but terrible as a contemplator of being." Maritain did not question the value of Einstein's scientific theories as mathematical.
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