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Word of the Day 17th January 2007

ru·mi·nate /ˈruməˌneɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[roo-muh-neyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb, -nat·ed, -nat·ing. –verb (used without object)
1. to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
2. to meditate or muse; ponder. –verb (used with object)
3. to chew again or over and over.
4. to meditate on; ponder.



[Origin: 1525–35; < L rūminātus (ptp. of rūminārī, rūmināre to ruminate), equiv. to rūmin- (s. of rūmen rumen) + -ātus -ate1]

—Related forms ru·mi·nat·ing·ly, adverb ru·mi·na·tion, noun ru·mi·na·tive, adjective ru·mi·na·tive·ly, adverb ru·mi·na·tor, noun


—Synonyms 2. think, reflect. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

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