verb con·sid·er \ kən-ˈsi-dər \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of consider

considered; considering play \kən-ˈsi-d(ə-)riŋ\
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.
: reflect, deliberate
  • paused a moment to consider

Examples of consider in a Sentence

  1. We are considering you for the job.

  2. She refused to consider my request.

  3. He seriously considered changing careers.

  4. The jury has considered the evidence and reached a verdict.

  5. The policy was well researched and well considered.

  6. Please consider what I've said.

  7. We never considered the possibility that the plan could fail.

  8. He paused a moment to consider before responding.

  9. You have to consider that he is only three years old.

  10. When you consider how long she worked there, it's surprising that she would leave so suddenly.

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Origin and Etymology of consider

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

consider Synonyms


discount, disregard;

Near Antonyms

factor (out);


figure on, reckon with, take account of, take into account;

Synonym Discussion of consider

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

CONSIDER Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of consider for English Language Learners

  • : 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.

CONSIDER Defined for Kids


verb con·sid·er \ kən-ˈsi-dər \

Definition of consider for Students

considered; considering
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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