contemplation definition, meaning - what is contemplation in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “contemplation”

See all translations

contemplation

noun [U] uk   /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.
contemplative
adjective uk   /kənˈtem.plə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/
Her mood was calm and contemplative.
contemplatively
adverb uk   /kənˈtem.plə.tɪv.li/  us   /-t̬ɪv-/
Translations of “contemplation”
in Korean 심사숙고…
in Arabic تَأمُّل…
in Portuguese contemplação…
in Catalan reflexió…
in Japanese 熟慮…
in Italian contemplazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 盤算, 沈思,冥想…
in Chinese (Simplified) 盘算, 沉思,冥想…
(Definition of contemplation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of contemplation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

a game in hand

if a sports team has a game in hand over other teams in a competition, it still has another game to play in which it can gain points

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More