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Ruminate   /rˈumɪnˌeɪt/   Listen

(past & past part. ruminated; pres. part. ruminating)
Chew the cuds.
Reflect deeply on a subject.  Synonyms: chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, speculate, think over.  "Philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years" , "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

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"Ruminate" Quotes from Famous Books

... creatures who stand knee deep and content in a field of domestic trivialities; ruminate placidly upon the happy little events of the past hour; and always find a hedge under which to shelter at the first intimation of ...
— Leonie of the Jungle • Joan Conquest

... thing has to be done the quickest way is generally the best way. It is like the morning bath—don't ruminate, jump in, for the longer you wait the more dubious you get, and the tub begins to look arctic ...
— Here are Ladies • James Stephens

... sooner who they were, Mr. Newington? What else, in the 'versal world have you to do, but to go basking about in the yards and places with your tankard in your hand, from morning till night? What have you else to ruminate, all day long, but to find out who's ...
— The Parent's Assistant • Maria Edgeworth

... quantity of chopped straw. They pretend that this rich succulent grass is of so clammy a nature, that unless it be mixed with chopped straw, hay, or some other dry fodder, cattle which are fed with it do not ruminate sufficiently. The usual proportion of the clover to the straw, is as two ...
— ESSAYS, Political, Economical and Philosophical. Volume 1. • Benjamin Rumford

... in my opinion, more illustrious in the life of Socrates, than that he had thirty whole days wherein to ruminate upon the sentence of his death, to have digested it all that time with a most assured hope, without care, and without alteration, and with a series of words and actions rather careless and indifferent than any way stirred ...
— The Essays of Montaigne, Complete • Michel de Montaigne

Words linked to "Ruminate" :   bethink, theologize, cogitate, theologise, puzzle, ruminant, ruminator, introspect, think, rumen, question, eat, ruminative, premeditate, consider, study, cerebrate, rumination, wonder

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