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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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 guidelines for extracurriculars aren't clear, but administrators and school board officials should review policies and consider issues including equipment sterilization. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what school might look like in the Milwaukee area when it returns this fall," 3 July 2020 Because the law is silent on whether courts must consider a defendant’s ability to pay, DeWine argued, the state’s high court shouldn’t engage in judicial activism and create such a requirement. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Judges need not consider defendants’ ability to pay when charging them for court costs, Ohio Supreme Court rules," 2 July 2020 The high court agreed Thursday to consider blocking Congress' access to secret grand jury materials gathered during former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "She's accused of grooming Epstein's victims," 2 July 2020 The plaintiffs found the most decisive factor in whether 18-year-olds are released or jailed is which ICE field office makes the decision, not any condition the law requires ICE to consider, according to court filings. Washington Post, "ICE unlawfully jails unaccompanied migrant children once they turn 18, judge rules," 2 July 2020 The family also hopes that Korryn’s case will prompt police departments to consider additional de-escalation measures when dealing with individuals who have known mental health issues. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Appeals Court Reinstates $38 Million Verdict In Korryn Gaines Case," 2 July 2020 A day after California reimposed parts of its stay-at-home order for much of the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom gently implored protesters and mask scofflaws to consider the consequences of ignoring health orders. Dustin Gardiner,, "Newsom appeals to California protesters: Consider others, stay home," 2 July 2020 The article ran two days before Endres’ body was found and police seemed to consider Jones a prime suspect. al, "Netflix ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ reboot features Alabama serial killer Jeremy Jones," 2 July 2020 Filler words should give buyers time to consider their next offers but not so much time that the rhythm of the chant is broken. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Sold! On Going (Once!) to Auctioneer School," 2 July 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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