chew over

chew over
reflect deeply on a subject (Freq. 1)

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

Derivationally related forms:
Hypernyms: ↑think, ↑cogitate, ↑cerebrate
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s PP


Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑think over)

Somebody ——s something

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transitive verb
: to meditate on : think about reflectively

likes to chew over some of the basic problems of our lives — Lewis Mumford

have in the last decades chewed over Plato and Bacon and Freud — J.M.Barzun

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ˈchew over [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they chew over he/she/it chews over present participle chewing over past tense chewed over past participle chewed over] informal phrasal verb
to think about something carefully or discuss it carefully with other people before making a decision about it

Officials meet regularly to chew over the future of the company.

Thesaurus: to discuss somethingsynonym to think carefully or a lot about thingssynonym
Main entry: chew

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chew over [phrasal verb]
chew (something) over or chew over (something) informal : to think about (something)

He chewed the problem over in his mind.

Chew it over for a while before you decide.

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Main Entry:chew

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • chew over — verb To think deeply about; to ponder or mull over …   Wiktionary

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  • chew — ► VERB 1) bite and work (food) in the mouth to make it easier to swallow. 2) (chew over) discuss or consider at length. 3) (chew out) N. Amer. informal reprimand severely. ► NOUN 1) an instance of chewing. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • chew the cud — 1. (of cows, etc) to masticate for a second time food that has already been swallowed and partly digested in the first stomach 2. To ruminate in thought (also chew over) • • • Main Entry: ↑chew chew the cud (informal) To meditate, to reflect • •… …   Useful english dictionary

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