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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On Tuesday, Britain’s Supreme Court will consider whether Johnson’s decision to suspend the British Parliament for five weeks was lawful, after conflicting judgments in lower courts. Washington Post, "Noise but no breakthrough as Johnson, Juncker talk Brexit," 18 Sep. 2019 The public hearing record will be open for 10 days, then the commissioners will meet and consider adopting the comprehensive rezoning, according to Eisenberg. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County comprehensive rezoning nears finish line; citizens invited to public hearing Oct. 3," 16 Sep. 2019 Some consider the risk of becoming aligned with the Democratic Party worth running in an effort to give the most accurate measure of Mr Trump’s failings. The Economist, "A full-court press," 14 Sep. 2019 This reflexive individualism has put off solutions that consider science and give regional attention to rivers rather than scattershot state laws. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Water Wars Are Here," 13 Sep. 2019 Courts must also consider whether the plaintiffs have rebutted the government’s evidence. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Heller’s Precarious Situation," 12 Sep. 2019 The solutions considered an official standard were based on an initial specification known as IEEE 802.11 (the wireless networking group of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Wired, "How Wi-Fi Almost Didn’t Happen," 12 Sep. 2019 That’s true even for PCOS experts, many of whom consider this condition to be something of a medical mystery. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Why Is PCOS Still So Hard for Doctors to Understand?," 12 Sep. 2019 At least two dozen small investors who supported the company are considering a class-action lawsuit, The Denver Post reported. John Wenzel, The Know, "Meow Wolf is throwing a three-night electronic music and art festival in Denver," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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