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English definition of “contemplation”

contemplation

noun [U]     /ˌkɒn.təmˈpleɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌkɑːn.t̬əm-/
serious and quiet thought for a period of time: She was staring out over the lake, lost in contemplation. The nuns have an hour for silent contemplation every morning.Thinking and contemplating contemplative     /kənˈtem.plə.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/ adjective Her mood was calm and contemplative.Deep in thought contemplatively     /kənˈtem.plə.tɪv.li/ US  /-t̬ɪv-/ adverb Deep in thought
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