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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Choose the Right Synonym for consider

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 kitchen was hidden in the back of the house, which was a problem considering how much the couple enjoy cooking; Fred is often in the kitchen whipping up gourmet meals and cocktails. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "A Marrakech Home is Transformed with a Modern New Layout Made for Entertaining," 18 Mar. 2019 The disclosure came as Justice Kagan and Justice Samuel Alito faced a House subcommittee considering the Supreme Court’s budget. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Considers Implementing Code of Conduct for Justices," 7 Mar. 2019 RightRice also claims to provide twice as much protein and five times as much fiber — a serious pro considering most American adults don't get nearly enough. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "RightRice, the Low-Carb Side Made From Vegetables, Is Basically the New Cauliflower Rice," 7 Mar. 2019 That's probably a good thing considering the fact that Claudia had her own phone line played a pivotal role in the original book series. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A New Baby-Sitters Club Mini Series Is Coming to Netflix," 28 Feb. 2019 The field could grow, with a number of high-profile Democrats still considering presidential bids, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Juana Summers, The Seattle Times, "Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020," 20 Feb. 2019 That’s particularly damning, considering Facebook’s presence in Myanmar. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook removed hundreds more accounts linked to the Myanmar military for posting hate speech and attacks against ethnic minorities," 19 Dec. 2018 And that is possible, considering the company is a key supplier to Big Tech’s cloud giants, which are still planning to spend rather large sums this year. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Nvidia Still Has a Lot of Decks to Clear," 14 Feb. 2019 But the house’s original single-pane windows needed very little tending, which was welcome considering how many of them there were. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "‘It was midcentury time capsule-meets-1980s’," 17 Dec. 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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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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