con·sid·er | \ kən-ˈsi-dər \
considered; considering\kən-ˈsi-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of consider 

transitive verb

1 : to think about carefully: such as

a : to think of especially with regard to taking some action is considering you for the job considered moving to the city

b : to take into account The defendant's age must be considered.

2 : to regard or treat in an attentive or kindly way He considered her every wish.

3 : to gaze on steadily or reflectively The old gentleman considered him attentively. —Edith Wharton

4 : to come to judge or classify consider thrift essential

5 : regard His works are well considered abroad.

6 : suppose I consider it's best that he left when he did.

intransitive verb

: reflect, deliberate paused a moment to consider

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consider, study, contemplate, weigh mean to think about in order to arrive at a judgment or decision. consider may suggest giving thought to in order to reach a suitable conclusion, opinion, or decision. refused even to consider my proposal study implies sustained purposeful concentration and attention to details and minutiae. study the plan closely contemplate stresses focusing one's thoughts on something but does not imply coming to a conclusion or decision. contemplate the consequences of refusing weigh implies attempting to reach the truth or arrive at a decision by balancing conflicting claims or evidence. weigh the pros and cons of the case

Examples of consider in a Sentence

We are considering you for the job. She refused to consider my request. He seriously considered changing careers. The jury has considered the evidence and reached a verdict. The policy was well researched and well considered. Please consider what I've said. We never considered the possibility that the plan could fail. He paused a moment to consider before responding. You have to consider that he is only three years old. When you consider how long she worked there, it's surprising that she would leave so suddenly.
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But the fact that stricter standards are being considered at all is testament to Mr. Gold’s conviction that actuarial science was broken, and his refusal to stop saying so. Mary Williams Walsh,, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 Dunkin Donuts They aren’t made of potatoes but they are still considered fries., "How to Get Free McDonald's Fries and More Deals on Friday for National French Fry Day," 13 July 2018 This is one of the many reasons Bobby Witt Jr. is considered the early favorite to be the No. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "HR Derby, all-star game at Wrigley Field next up for local star, potential No. 1 draft pick," 13 July 2018 These clinics are designed for children to learn the fundamentals of the game, how to dribble the ball with their feet, good defense and offense and the value of teamwork in what is considered a nurturing and supportive environment. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Soccer clinics at area JCC focus on skills, sportsmanship," 13 July 2018 At the time, Engler said a national search will begin shortly for a permanent athletic director and that no internal candidates from MSU will be considered. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State to name Bill Beekman permanent athletic director on Monday," 13 July 2018 Mas recently revealed that the likely names being considered are Futbol Club Internacional de Miami (Inter Miami) and Futbol Club Atletico Miami (Atletico Miami), both recognizing the city’s international influences. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 Following a starring role played in Croatia’s dramatic late win to crush England’s World Cup dreams at the semi-final stage in Russia, Ivan Perisic is now considered a potential doubt to play in Croatia’s first ever World Cup final on Sunday., "Injury Threatens to Rule Star Ivan Perisic Out of Croatia's World Cup Final Meeting With France," 13 July 2018 Shows at the Norma Terris are not open to be reviewed by critics as they are considered works in progress. Christopher Arnott,, "Goodspeed Extends Run Of 'Cyrano,' Starring Peter Dinklage," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of consider

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for consider

Middle English, from Anglo-French considerer, from Latin considerare to observe, think about, from com- + sider-, sidus heavenly body

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English Language Learners Definition of consider

: to think about (something or someone) carefully especially in order to make a choice or decision

: to think about (something that is important in understanding something or in making a decision or judgment)

: to think about (a person or a person's feelings) before you do something in order to avoid making someone upset, angry, etc.


con·sid·er | \ kən-ˈsi-dər \
considered; considering

Kids Definition of consider

1 : to think over carefully : ponder, reflect He should consider moving.

2 : to treat in a kind or thoughtful way You never consider my feelings.

3 : to think of in a certain way : believe I consider vacation a good time to do some reading.

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