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EtymologyEdit

From Old French ponderer (to weigh, balance, ponder) (French pondérer), from Latin ponderare (to weigh, ponder, in Medieval Latin also to load), from pondus (weight), from pendere (to weigh); see pendent and pound.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɒn.də(ɹ)/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒndə(ɹ)

VerbEdit

ponder (third-person singular simple present ponders, present participle pondering, simple past and past participle pondered)

  1. To wonder, to think of deeply.
  2. To consider (something) carefully and thoroughly; to chew over, to mull over.
    I have spent days pondering the meaning of life.
    • Bible, Proverbs iv. 26
      Ponder the path of thy feet.
  3. (obsolete) To weigh.

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NounEdit

ponder (plural ponders)

  1. (colloquial) A period of deep thought.
    I lit my pipe and had a ponder about it, but reached no definite conclusion.

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