Definition of ponder in English:



  • Think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.

    ‘I pondered the question of what clothes to wear for the occasion’
    [no object] ‘she sat pondering over her problem’
    • ‘Adrian pondered for a moment, deciding what the strange word she said meant.’
    • ‘I pondered for a minutes, then shook my head.’
    • ‘Their lawyers are said to be pondering the matter of copyright infringement at the moment.’
    • ‘So, now we're pondering things we can do with the film now that it's made.’
    • ‘Between the explosions and chase scenes, The Island ponders the theme of how far science should go to extend lives.’
    • ‘When he's not writing protest poems about saving rocks, Albert ponders the meaning of life.’
    • ‘Not only that, the filmmakers created a provocative action film that ponders the essence of reality and identity.’
    • ‘Believe it or not they don't just sit indoors, pondering life and pausing occasionally to smell a rose.’
    • ‘He lay on his back in the Mater Hospital for weeks on end fighting the disease and pondering the future.’
    • ‘I think I like her better when she's pondering out loud.’
    • ‘They have long conversations, pondering the twists of fate that separate success from failure.’
    • ‘The Spanish Civil War itself proved a fitting setting for a film that ponders death and its finality.’
    • ‘The merest of pauses follow as he ponders his quick-fire response.’
    • ‘One ponders the possibility of a rewritten script directed by Besson with Yuen staging the action.’
    • ‘There is a subtle message to the reader who sits pondering the meaning of the titles.’
    • ‘She pondered for a second but then she realised that it was the panther.’
    • ‘She ponders her resolution to post regularly, and how it relates to her relationship with her father.’
    • ‘And if he is pondering this career move, it is unlikely to be the first time.’
    • ‘As he ponders the next option in his club career, it is just possible that a few proverbs from his native land are springing to mind once again.’
    • ‘In an austere church in Geneva, he ponders the Calvinist influence.’
    think about, give thought to, consider, review, reflect on, mull over, contemplate, study, meditate on, muse on, deliberate about, cogitate on, dwell on, brood on, brood over, ruminate about, ruminate on, chew over, puzzle over, speculate about, weigh up, turn over in one's mind
    be in a brown study
    put on one's thinking cap about
    pore on
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Middle English (in the sense appraise, judge the worth of): from Old French ponderer consider from Latin ponderare weigh, reflect on from pondus, ponder- weight.