con·​sid·​er kən-ˈsi-dər How to pronounce consider (audio)
considered; considering kən-ˈsi-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce consider (audio)

transitive verb

: to think about carefully: such as
: to think of especially with regard to taking some action
is considering you for the job
considered moving to the city
: to take into account
The defendant's age must be considered.
: to regard or treat in an attentive or kindly way
He considered her every wish.
: to gaze on steadily or reflectively
The old gentleman considered him attentively.Edith Wharton
: to come to judge or classify
consider thrift essential
: regard
His works are well considered abroad.
: suppose
I consider it's best that he left when he did.

intransitive verb

: reflect, deliberate
paused a moment to consider
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. See More
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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French considerer, from Latin considerare to observe, think about, from com- + sider-, sidus heavenly body

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of consider was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Consider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​sid·​er kən-ˈsid-ər How to pronounce consider (audio)
considered; considering -(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce consider (audio)
: to think about carefully
consider your options
: to think about with the idea of taking some action
we are considering you for the job
: to treat in a kind or thoughtful way
you never consider my feelings
: to think of in a certain way
consider the price too high

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