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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The singer and her son, Jameson, tested positive in 2020, and in an interview with Heart Radio host Mark Wright, the singer revealed that things got so grim at one point she was forced to really consider her mortality. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "P!nk's COVID Symptoms Were So Bad She Rewrote Her Will: 'I Thought It Was Over For Us'," 4 May 2021 Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 25th, called on Lightfoot to consider investing in policing alternatives. John Byrne,, "To slow summer violence, aldermen and activists call for alternatives to spending federal coronavirus stimulus money on Chicago police," 4 May 2021 To consider the number of births relative to the size the population, demographers use a statistic called the general fertility rate. Los Angeles Times, "Record-low U.S. birth rate fell another 4% in 2020, CDC says," 4 May 2021 Investors now have to consider the sustainability of those margins, which have been boosted to a large extent by industrywide price increases. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Avis Budget Is Anything but Cheap," 4 May 2021 One patient says her therapist advised her to consider that not everything being said in the news was true. William Ralston, Wired, "Then a Hacker Began Posting Patients’ Deepest Secrets Online," 4 May 2021 It is believed to be the month in which Mohammad, whom Muslims consider a prophet, revealed the holy book — Quran — to Muslims. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Atlanta Masjid Al Islam to provide Ramadan food boxes Wednesday," 4 May 2021 Though possibly just a temporary bandage to the series’ not-so-small issue of maintaining its oval track heritage, Penske pushed back against any idea that Texas’ imperfect track conditions were cause to consider severing the relationship. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Roger Penske, Graham Rahal defend IndyCar's future at Texas: 'It's important for us to run here'," 4 May 2021 That may seem like good reason for investors to consider taking money off the table, avoiding heavy exposure to a potential crash. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "When a market bubble isn't the end of the story," 4 May 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Consider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 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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