Notes of a word-watcher, Hanching Chung. A first port of call for English learning.
meditate and contemplate
有人說 meditate 比 contemplate思考層次較淺
meditate verb[I] 1to think calm thoughts in order to relax or as a religious activity: Sophie meditates for 20 minutes every day.
2to think seriously about something for a long time: He meditated on the consequences of his decision.
meditation noun 1[U]the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed: prayer and meditation She practises meditation.
2[C or U]serious thought or study, or the product of this activity: Let us spend a few moments in quiet meditation. I left him deep in meditation. The book is a meditation on the morality of art.
━━ v. 熟考［黙想］する ((on, upon)); もくろむ. meditate revenge 復讐(しゅう)をたくらむ. med・i・ta・tion ━━ n. 熟慮; 冥想（録）. med・i・ta・tive ━━ a. 冥想的な. med・i・ta・tive・lyad. med・i・ta・tor ━━ n. 黙想［思索］者.
contemplate verb[I or T] to spend time considering a possible future action, or to consider one particular thing for a long time in a serious and quiet way: [+ ing form of verb] I'm contemplating going abroad for a year. You're not contemplating a change of job, are you? It's too awful/horrific/dangerous to contemplate.
contemplation noun[U] She was staring out over the lake, lost in contemplation. The nuns have an hour for silent contemplation every morning.
contemplative Her mood was calm and contemplative.