consider

verb
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Katie Brennan, an adviser for the Society for Human Resource Management, said employers must consider their legal obligations to employees under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 Wender-Shubow said the School Committee would not consider several alternative proposals that would allocate adjusted raises over a six-year period, though the committee has argued that the union’s requests raise budgetary issues. Andrew Brinker, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 In his arguments before Summerhays, Arizona Deputy Solicitor General Drew Ensign said the CDC didn't consider those factors before deciding to lift Title 42. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Don’t consider this a precise estimate, but rather an exercise to show how small this irritating stuff really is. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Thune said that polls do not consider the many different scenarios that come into play. Analisa Novak, CBS News, 13 May 2022 Her assignment to the Nikolas Cruz case was made randomly by a computer program that didn’t consider experience or the fact that no U.S. mass shooting of this magnitude had ever made it to court. Terry Spencer, Sun Sentinel, 13 May 2022 The museum must consider the safety of visitors and staff. WSJ, 9 May 2022 Battery-electric vehicles are currently the darlings of automotive marketers, but the problems faced by the Audi team in preparing for Dakar are not so different from those today's car shoppers must consider. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Consider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consider. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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