consider

verb
con·​sid·​er | \ kən-ˈsi-dər How to pronounce consider (audio) \
considered; considering\ kən-​ˈsi-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce considering (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 However, if ethical AI is really going to change the thinking in the field, and to have a positive impact on the world, the more subtle impacts of choices in voice, speech patterns, and conversational styles must also be considered. Sharone Horowit-hendler, Wired, "Conversational AI Can Propel Social Stereotypes," 14 Jan. 2020 Paul George, Nikola Jokić, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid and Damian Lillard were considered almost, but not quite, superstars. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Bill Simmons: Ex-Pacers star Reggie Miller wasn't a superstar," 14 Jan. 2020 The Federal Communication Commission is considering a $20 billion project that would bring high-speed broadband to an estimated 211,000 users in rural Alabama. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Fund could bring high-speed Internet to 200K Alabamians," 14 Jan. 2020 For thirty years, Corbyn had been considered at best an entertaining gadfly. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 Savage is considering North Texas as a student if basketball opportunities don’t work out. Dallas News, "Boys basketball player of the week (1/12): Frisco Centennial’s Xavier Savage," 12 Jan. 2020 Military officials are considering whether to embrace information warfare and retaliate against election interference by hacking senior Russian officials and leaking their personal emails or financial information. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 If a car surpasses 150,000 or 200,000 miles it's considered impressive. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "One Guy Has a Chevy Silverado and a GMC Sierra with 1.5 Million Total Miles on Them," 10 Jan. 2020 The Mequon-Thiensville School Board is considering a $55.7 million referendum for the April ballot. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mequon-Thiensville School Board considering potential $55.7 million referendum for April ballot," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consider.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consider. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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consider

verb
How to pronounce consider (audio)

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.

consider

verb
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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