Dictionary lists out the following meanings and usages of the word "contemplate"

Verb 1. If you contemplate an action, you think about whether to do it or not.
Verb 2: If you contemplate an idea or subject, you think about it carefully for a long time.
Verb 3: If you contemplate something or someone, you look at them for a long time.
He contemplated his hands, still frowning.

contemplation UNCOUNTABLE NOUN
He was lost in the contemplation of the landscape for a while.

I found in a script, where the writer uses the word contemplate to convey the meaning "with thoughts about someone"

She deeply contemplated her dying brother.
(this brother is not before her. He is far away in a different city. She leaves immediately to see him after this)

Is it right to use this word in this particular context? From what I understand from the dictionary, when you contemplate someone, you actually look at them for a long time.

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You are right to question this usage. I think it is acceptable but awkward. It's using meaning (2) from your quoted definition. The dying brother - really the brother's imminent death - is the subject of her contemplation.

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