Before you accept a job offer, or a college’s offer of admission, you should take time to contemplate the pros and cons of your decision. If you contemplate something, you think about it carefully.

Contemplate is from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari “to gaze attentively, observe,” from the prefix com- “together” plus templum “temple.” The original meaning of Latin contemplari was “to mark out a space for observing auguries or omens,” and the temple was a holy space reserved for this purpose.

I’m just contemplating my next move.

Children, I’ve been contemplating our situation,

I was contemplating using the bathroom

All right. Well, let me contemplate.

we also contemplate degrees of brain damage