con·​sid·​er | \ kən-ˈsi-dər How to pronounce consider (audio) \
considered; considering\ kən-​ˈsi-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce consider (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Carrying echoes of that earlier Civil Rights era, the Senate is poised to consider a sweeping elections and voting rights bill that has been approved by House Democrats but is running into a Senate Republican filibuster. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, "Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end," 10 Apr. 2021 Howell speculated that the law could even create an enticing environment for gun manufacturers to consider relocating to his state. Lawrence Richard, Washington Examiner, "West Virginia governor signs law eliminating sales tax on guns and giving tax break to gun manufacturers," 10 Apr. 2021 The other thing to consider is that low rolling resistance usually means a smoother tire with few grooves — great for dry riding, but slippery in the wet. Bob Beacham,, "The best folding bike tire," 10 Apr. 2021 But in focusing only on Denmark’s own carbon footprint, Jakobsen said, the country’s politicians had failed to consider what would happen to the waste Denmark turns away. Beth Gardiner, Wired, "In Europe, Backlash Heats Up Over Garbage Incinerators," 10 Apr. 2021 Moms-to-be working in small rooms and sprawling spaces alike are smart to consider making their layout work harder. Southern Living, "15 Essential Organizers for Every Area of Your Nursery," 10 Apr. 2021 Many affected workers are still expected to consider opting for retroactive pensions. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego ready to reverse Proposition B pension cuts, potentially ending 9-year legal battle," 10 Apr. 2021 Here’s what to consider when deciding whether paying off your card weekly might be the right move for you. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, "This Week In Credit Card News: Huge Facebook Data Leak; Do You Have Free Cell Phone Insurance?," 9 Apr. 2021 Switching from one smartphone platform to another is not a decision that anyone takes lightly, which explains why the top vendors go to such lengths to convince consumers to at least consider making a change. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Samsung thinks its new app will make you want to ditch your iPhone," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of consider was in the 14th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Consider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce consider (audio) \
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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