con·​sid·​er | \kən-ˈsi-dər \
considered; considering\ kən-​ˈsi-​d(ə-​)riŋ \

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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The design team is also considering splitting the lander into three 15-ton segments: the crew cabin with the ascent engine, the descent stage, and the space tug. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "NASA’s Return to the Moon Could Include a Reusable Lunar Lander," 23 Oct. 2018 If a player is not assigned by that criterion, then the second portion of the allocation process — a player’s most recent NFL or CFL team — will be considered. Stephen Ruiz,, "Orlando's Alliance of American Football team learns how it will procure players," 13 July 2018 The groups would be considered political party committees, which have more generous financial contribution limits than legislative candidates. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "More campaign money could flow to California legislative leaders under new bill," 11 July 2018 The spending bill Pascrell is trying to amend is due to be considered in the House next week. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "Jersey payback: Rep. BIll Pascrell wants GOP foe Scott Garrett's federal salary cut to $1," 13 July 2018 What could be considered both relief for the forgetful and the bane of collectors and sentimental people alike, the Ravens are doing away with paper tickets from here on out, beginning with the 2018 season. Katherine Fominykh,, "Ravens announce digital ticketing for game days, new 4K video boards at M&T Bank Stadium," 12 July 2018 Property owners are encouraged to list their Hapeville home, business or property to be considered as a potential location. Pamela Miller, ajc, "Hapeville declares it’s camera ready," 12 July 2018 Though the chainsaw has been recovered, police said, Alvarez is to be considered armed and dangerous. Brittny Mejia,, "Whittier police search for man accused of attacking woman with a chainsaw," 12 July 2018 How can losing the greatest match of all time — one that’s been the subject of books and movies, one that still captures the public’s imagination a decade later — be considered anything but a noble defeat? Chris Chase, For The Win, "Was Roger Federer's Wimbledon collapse the worst of his career? Ranking his five biggest losses.," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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