英 ['kɒntempleɪt; -təm-]
- vt. 沉思；注视；思忖；预期
- vi. 冥思苦想；深思熟虑
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1、con- "intensive prefix" + templ- "area for the taking of auguries" + -ate.
2、字面意思：mark out a space for observation" (as an augur does). => gaze attentively, observe, act of looking at, religious musing.
con-, 强调。-tem，砍，切，词源同tome, anatomy，temple. 本义为一块保留（切下来）的用来占卜的神圣之地，后用来指思考的地方，沉思，考虑。
- contemplate:  Etymologically, to contemplate something is to observe it in a ‘temple’. The word comes from the past participle of Latin contemplārī, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix com- and templum. This word, source of course of English temple, originally signified a space marked out by augurs (priests in ancient Rome who interpreted omens) for making observations. Hence contemplārī originally meant ‘observe omens carefully’, but its application soon became more general.
- contemplate (v.)
- 1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.
- 1. The possibility of war is too horrifying to contemplate.
- 2. We don't contemplate his [ him ] opposing our plan.
- 3. The consequences would be too ghastly to contemplate.
- 4. That makes it difficult to contemplate the idea that the present policy may not be sustainable.
- 5. He may try to blast his way out of trouble, playing attacking shots to balls he would not normally contemplate hitting.
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