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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But considering the rich historic ties between both Dany and Drogon and the land of Valyria, the mysterious city of ruins seems to be a fitting resting place for her. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where Did Drogon Take Daenerys Targaryen in the Game of Thrones Finale?," 20 May 2019 On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning United States companies from using information and communications technology from anyone considered a national security threat and declared a national emergency on the matter. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The US government’s ongoing battle with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, explained," 17 May 2019 Stark’s long been considered a contender to take the throne—as is Daenerys, Jon Snow, and Arya. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Says Game of Thrones Fans Are Going to Be 'Upset' About Sansa Stark's Fate," 19 May 2019 For their latest show of unexpected talent, the group proved they should probably be considered for next year's NFL draft. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Jungkook Scored a Touchdown During the Group's Chicago Concert," 14 May 2019 They aren’t considered very high-fashion—though a full on spandex bodysuit, like Beyoncé’s Marine Serre number, isn’t too far off. Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Puts a Posh Spin on Leggings," 12 May 2019 When Linux arrived on the Anniversary Edition three years ago, it was considered one of the more revolutionary aspects of Windows—a surprising embrace of the open-source operating system that Microsoft had once resisted. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft debuts new Terminal app, next-gen Windows Subsystem for Linux for power users," 6 May 2019 While ashtanga has a reputation for being physically demanding, kundalini is considered to be a style of yoga that’s more spiritually focused. Hannah Chenoweth, SELF, "The 9 Best YouTube Yoga Channels I Discovered While Practicing Yoga at Home for 6 Years," 5 May 2019 According to the National Eating Disorders Association, periods of fasting and binging are considered risk factors for eating disorders. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Know About the 16:8 Diet Before You Start Fasting," 3 May 2019

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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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consider

verb

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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