verb pon·der \ˈpän-dər\

: to think about or consider (something) carefully

pon·deredpon·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of PONDER

transitive verb
:  to weigh in the mind :  appraise <pondered their chances of success>
:  to think about :  reflect on <pondered the events of the day>
intransitive verb
:  to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply
pon·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun

Origin of PONDER

Middle English, from Middle French ponderer, from Latin ponderare to weigh, ponder, from ponder-, pondus weight — more at pendant
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PONDER

ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter <pondered the course of action>. meditate implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something so as to understand it deeply <meditated on the meaning of life>. muse suggests a more or less focused daydreaming as in remembrance <mused upon childhood joys>. ruminate implies going over the same matter in one's thoughts again and again but suggests little of either purposive thinking or rapt absorption <ruminated on past disappointments>.

Rhymes with PONDER

PONDER Defined for Kids


verb pon·der \ˈpän-dər\

Definition of PONDER for Kids

:  to think over carefully <Stacey pondered the suggestion for a long moment … — Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder>


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