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Main Entry: ru·mi·nate
Pronunciation: 'rü-m&-"nAt
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -nat·ed; -nat·ing
Etymology: Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminari to chew the cud, muse upon, from rumin-, rumen rumen; perhaps akin to Sanskrit romantha act of chewing the cud
Date: 1533
transitive verb
1 : to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly
2 : to chew repeatedly for an extended period
intransitive verb
1 : to chew again what has been chewed slightly and swallowed : chew the cud
2 : to engage in contemplation : REFLECT
synonym see PONDER
- ru·mi·na·tion /"rü-m&-'nA-sh&n/ noun
- ru·mi·na·tive /'rü-m&-"nA-tiv/ adjective
- ru·mi·na·tive·ly adverb
- ru·mi·na·tor /-"nA-t&r/ noun

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\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
\E\ as ea in easy
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\i\ as i in hit
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I\ as i in ice
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\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
\zh\ as si in vision
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