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"contemplate" in British English

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contemplateverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈkɒn.təm.pleɪt/  us   /ˈkɑːn.t̬əm.pleɪt/
C2 to ​spendtimeconsidering a ​possiblefutureaction, or to ​consider one ​particular thing for a ​longtime in a ​serious and ​quiet way: [+ -ing verb] I'm contemplating goingabroad for a ​year. They were contemplating a ​move to California. It's tooawful/​horrific/​dangerous to contemplate.

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  • I'm contemplating ​leaving my ​job.
  • Losing a ​child is just too ​awful to contemplate.
  • I couldn't contemplate ​living on my own.
  • He was contemplating his ​future.
(Definition of contemplate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contemplate" in American English

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contemplateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈkɑnt·əmˌpleɪt/
to ​spendtimeconsidering a ​possiblefutureaction, or to ​consider one ​particular thing for a ​longtime in a ​serious way: [T] The ​owner of the ​team contemplated ​moving his ​footballclub to another ​city. [T] Sharon is contemplating going to ​graduateschool.
contemplation
noun [U]  us   /ˌkɑnt·əmˈpleɪ·ʃən/
(Definition of contemplate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“contemplate” in American English

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