Meaning of “contemplate” in the English Dictionary

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contemplateverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈkɒn.təm.pleɪt/ us /ˈkɑːn.t̬əm.pleɪt/

(Definition of “contemplate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contemplateverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈkɑnt·əmˌpleɪt/

to spend time considering a possible future action, or to consider one particular thing for a long time in a serious way:

[ T ] The owner of the team contemplated moving his football club to another city.
[ T ] Sharon is contemplating going to graduate school.
contemplation
noun [ U ] us /ˌkɑnt·əmˈpleɪ·ʃən/

(Definition of “contemplate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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contemplate

We are told that the two acts are legally distinct and that in theory it is quite possible to contemplate patenting a product whose manufacture is banned.
Finally, to contemplate the next phase 2004.
We should also dare to contemplate the introduction of a wage for the stay-at-home-parent who chooses to commit most of his or her time to raising the children.
Otherwise, we cannot contemplate such a regulation.
Similarly, the persistence of the excessively nationalist leanings of certain leaders and the general public in the candidate countries is something which we can only contemplate with fear.
How can we contemplate extraditing our nationals to a country, a state, which does not obey the same legal conventions as us, or does so less and less?
The consequences are too horrific to contemplate.
How, indeed, can they contemplate the future with ease if the high-quality products adapted to the new expectations of consumers are not selling?
Enlargement can be delayed no longer, and to seek to delay it is to contemplate making a grave error and taking an unhistorical step.
None, because he did not even address the tough but logical issue of sanctions, not even to explain why he refused to contemplate them.