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contemplate

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈkɒn.təm.pleɪt/ us    /ˈkɑːn.t̬əm-/
C2 to spend time considering a possible future action, or to consider one particular thing for a long time in a serious and quiet way: [+ -ing verb] I'm contemplating going abroad for a year. You're not contemplating a change of job, are you? It's too awful/horrific/dangerous to contemplate.
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