AskDefine | Define ponder

Dictionary Definition

ponder v : reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate" [syn: chew over, think over, meditate, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To wonder, to think of deeply.
  2. To consider (something) carefully and thoroughly; to chew over, to mull over.


to think deeply
  • French: songer
  • Hebrew: להרהר (le-har-her)
  • Hungarian: mereng, elmereng, tűnődik, eltűnődik, elmélkedik
  • Icelandic: íhuga
  • Italian: ponderare
  • Spanish: considerar
  • Swedish: fundera, begrunda
to consider carefully
  • Hungarian: latolgat, fontolgat, mérlegel, fontolóra vesz
  • Icelandic: íhuga
  • Italian: ponderare
  • Swedish: fundera, grubbla

Extensive Definition

Ponder can mean:
It can also refer to:
  • Glen Ponder, a character in the UK comedy series Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • James Ponder (1819–1897), an American merchant and politician

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

appraise, back down, balance, be abstracted, brood, brood over, chaw, chew over, chew the cud, cogitate, con over, consider, contemplate, debate, deliberate, deliberate over, deliberate upon, demur, digest, dwell, evaluate, excogitate, falter, fear, hang back, hem and haw, hesitate, hover, hum and haw, introspect, jib, meditate, meditate upon, mind, mull over, muse, muse on, muse over, pause, perpend, play around with, play with, ponder over, pull back, reason, reflect, reflect over, retreat, revolve, roll, ruminate, ruminate over, run over, scruple, shilly-shally, shy, speculate, stick at, stickle, stop to consider, straddle the fence, strain at, study, think, think over, think twice about, toy with, turn over, weigh, withdraw, yield
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