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ruminate

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Definition to think again and again about something; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner

More rarely, ruminate can reference a digestion technique used by some kinds of animals such as cows in which they regurgitate food from the stomach and chew it again.
  • She had little time to ruminate.
ruminate = think again
  • I'm trying to break the habit of rumination and negative thinking.
  • rumination = thinking again and again about things
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • cows ruminate
  • ...there is no other way but to meditate, and ruminate well upon the effects of anger, how it troubles man's life.
    Bacon, Sir Francis  --  The Essays
  • The entries in McCandless's journal contain few abstractions about wilderness or, for that matter, few ruminations of any kind.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • ruminations = sustained thoughts
  • As they went down the steep slope Blore said to Lombard in a ruminating voice: "You know, it beats me-why that young fellow wanted to do himself in!"
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • ruminating = thoughtful (as though thought over again and again)
  • He put away the soma bottle, and taking out a packet of sex-hormone chewing-gum, stuffed a plug into his cheek and walked slowly away towards the hangars, ruminating.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • ruminating = thinking over something again and again
  • While reading up on his life in preparation for this award, I came upon a passage that he wrote that seemed particularly consistent with the themes I touched on earlier, themes I've been ruminating upon all year long.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • ruminating = thinking about again and again
  • He remained in this state of empty and peaceful rumination until he heard the clock tower strike three in the morning.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • rumination = thinking again and again about something
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Seeder quietly ruminates about how, back in District 11, everyone assumes President Snow is all-powerful.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • ruminates = thinks again and again about something
  • I was afraid I'd deliberate, ruminate, agonize, rationalize, and talk myself into not going.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • ruminate = think again and again about something
  • Stendabi ruminated. Night after night he...
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • ruminated = to think again and again about something; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner
  • I pr'ythee, speak to me as to thy thinkings
    As thou dost ruminate; and give thy worst of thoughts
    The worst of words.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • ruminate = think (perhaps think again and again)
  • then she plots, then she ruminates, then she devises;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • ruminates = thinks again and again about something
  • While I've been ruminating on the availability of trees, Peeta has been struggling with how to maintain his identity.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • ruminating = thinking again and again about something
  • 'tis a studied, not a present thought, by duty ruminated.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • ruminated = thought about again and again
  • what I know Is ruminated, plotted, and set down
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • ruminated = thought about — again and again
  • Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • ruminate = to think again and again about something; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner
  • They sat for a long time. The dark indian face ruminating. Reflective. As if the complexities of this piece of business dragged after it every sort of consequence.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • ruminating = thinking again re-thinking
  • That you may ruminate.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
ruminate = to think again and again about something; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner

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