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muse
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as in: her musings Define
reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
  • "So I am told, sir," returned Mr. George, still musing and looking on the ground.
  • He has more leisure for musing in Staple Inn and in the Rolls Yard during the long vacation than at other seasons, and he says to the two ’prentices, what a thing it is in such hot weather to think that you live in an island with the sea a-rolling and a-bowling right round you.

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  • Is this Lady Dedlock standing beside the village beauty, smoothing her dark hair with that motherly touch, and watching her with eyes so full of musing interest?
  • "There never was," said my guardian, musing as he smiled upon me, "such a Dame Durden for making money last."
  • "I haven’t the least idea," said Richard, musing, "what I had better be.

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  • He mused aloud about the afternoon’s developments.
  • Let me muse on it on a while and I’ll get back to you.

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unspecified meaning
  • It was not for me to muse over bygones, but to act with a cheerful spirit and a grateful heart.
  • "Is it," Mr. George still muses, "blank cartridge or ball?"

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as in: her musings Define
reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
as in: She was his muse Define
the source of an artist's inspiration - especially a person or mythological goddess
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