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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Recent Examples on the Web The uproar began after GOP Rep. Jason Saine made a motion early Wednesday morning to reconsider the budget that was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper earlier this year, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News, "'Shame on you': North Carolina GOP votes to override veto while Democrats were absent," 11 Sep. 2019 The school system found out late Monday afternoon that formula is being reconsidered to a 59-41 percent cost-share for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 in Harford County, Brown said. Erika Butler,, "Harford’s share of school construction projects could cost more with proposed changes to state formula," 10 Sep. 2019 But lately, corporate activism has dramatically morphed, with employees now directly challenging business leaders to reconsider their companies’ commercial relationships and authority structures. Alison Taylor, Quartz at Work, "Employees have given rise to something far more powerful than “CEO activism”," 6 Sep. 2019 Nursing home officials dispute the state’s calculations regarding the empty beds, and legislators who represent the districts where the homes are located have asked for the issue to be reconsidered. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport mayors face primary challenges Tuesday," 6 Sep. 2019 Although the exchange seemingly stops there, online comments brought on by more than 2 million views on Twitter and YouTube, apparently caused the owner to reconsider her own beliefs. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Racist Wedding Hall Owner Apologizes After Denying Interracial Couple Her Venue," 4 Sep. 2019 Louis barely remembers Alexandre, but, nearing retirement, divorced and in a slump, he is revivified by the attention, and spurred to reconsider his past life. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 3 Sep. 2019 The group registered with the agency the day after the mayor received the letter from Langley urging the county to reconsider its selection of the Populous group. Stephen Hudak,, "Orange County forging ahead with $605M Convention Center project despite challenge by losing bidder," 29 Aug. 2019 Clay begs for Tyler to reconsider, while Tyler points an assault rifle at him. Rachel Paige,, "Tyler's 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Struggle Isn't Going To Just Go Away In Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of reconsider

1571, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of reconsider was in 1571

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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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