Definition of ruminate:
chew over, chew, deliberate, reflect, excogitate, think, ponder, invent, contrive, reverberate, masticate, revolve, weigh, formulate, mull, think out, study, suppose, cogitate, shine, regurgitate, job, excogotate, mull over, think through, theorize, muse, theorise, hypothesise, devise, turn over, consider, thoughts, contemplate, conjecture, forge, think over, hypothecate, hypothesize, meditate, entertain, speculate.
One or the other gives in on the instant, without self- betrayal, and one or the other retires to have a secret cry or to ruminate about it over a cigar- the first faint hints, I may slyly suggest, of the return of rationality.- "The Kempton-Wace Letters", Jack London Anna Strunsky.
- "Jane Talbot", Charles Brockden Brown.
- "The Fortunes Of Glencore", Charles James Lever.