re·​con·​sid·​er | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈsi-dər How to pronounce reconsider (audio) \
reconsidered; reconsidering; reconsiders

Definition of reconsider

transitive verb

: to consider again especially with a view to changing or reversing

intransitive verb

: to consider something again

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Other Words from reconsider

reconsideration \ ˌrē-​kən-​ˌsi-​də-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce reconsideration (audio) \ noun

Examples of reconsider in a Sentence

She refused to reconsider her decision not to loan us the money. Local opposition has forced the company to reconsider building a new warehouse here. We hope you will reconsider.
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In April 2019, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did refuse to reconsider the Boise ruling. Gale Holland,, "He fought for same-sex marriage. Now he wants to restore the right to clear homeless camps," 2 July 2019 On Monday, as activists armed with metal bars and makeshift battering rams were on the cusp of breaking down the doors of the Legislative Council, a group of veteran politicians sympathetic to their cause pleaded with them to reconsider. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Storm Legislature, Dividing the Movement," 1 July 2019 On Monday Bell joined a rally that at points swelled to more than 75 people to call upon Gov. Eric Holcomb to reconsider the Medicaid work requirements. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "State calls new rules 'Gateway to Work.' Activists call them a 'poverty trap.'," 1 July 2019 Later Sunday, with Boquist was absent from the chamber, as Burdick called for the Senate to reconsider., "Oregon lawmakers wrap up buzzer-beating 2019 session," 30 June 2019 Donald objected to the appeals court's decision not to reconsider the case for reasons stated in her previous dissent, Friday's order said. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky law requiring ultrasounds before abortions will stand, federal appeals court says," 28 June 2019 Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberals to order the Census Bureau to reconsider the matter, a process that may go past the deadlines next week required to print the questionnaires on time. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Seems Oddly Ambivalent About Being Lied To," 27 June 2019 Staff has made no such recommendation to ease the ban on marijuana cultivation or manufacturing, though the council could decide to make changes on those topics in the course of reconsidering delivery and testing. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista council to consider fixing cannabis delivery catch 22," 25 June 2019 However, to even reconsider a deal, Mr. Elkann would want assurances that the French government won’t try to direct the outcome of merger talks yet again, these people said. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler and Renault Hope Merger Talks Will Restart Soon," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of reconsider

1571, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of reconsider

: to think carefully about (someone or something) again especially in order to change a choice or decision you have already made


re·​con·​sid·​er | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈsi-dər How to pronounce reconsider (audio) \
reconsidered; reconsidering

Kids Definition of reconsider

: to think carefully about again especially with the possibility of change or reversal

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