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ruminate

verb [I] uk   /ˈruː.mɪ.neɪt/ us  

ruminate verb [I] (THINK)

formal to think carefully and for a long period about something: She ruminated for weeks about whether to tell him or not.

ruminate verb [I] (EAT)

specialized biology (of particular types of animal) to bring up food from the stomach and chew it again
Translations of “ruminate”
in Chinese (Traditional) 想, 沈思,長時間思考, 反復思考…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想, 沉思,长时间思考, 反复思考…
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