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 reconsider (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 Though a group led by Democrats is urging voters to reconsider — alleging many of them may not have realized the consequences and cost of a recall election — the odds are low that enough Californians will change their minds to derail the effort. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "The exact date of the Newsom recall election is still unclear. Here’s why," 26 Apr. 2021 Months later, the tragedy of 9/11 prompted him to reconsider his focus. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Food, family and a funny, sweet gay love story make Dearborn filmmaker's 'Breaking Fast' unique," 23 Apr. 2021 Massive protests to the Super League by soccer traditionalists in England reasonably made the British team-owners immediately reconsider their decision to forgo the UEFA structure to join the Super League. Marc Edelman, Forbes, "7 Legal Thoughts About European Super League’s Seemingly Quick Collapse," 21 Apr. 2021 Investors should reconsider that relative lack of enthusiasm. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Shows Health Economy Is Nearing Full Strength," 20 Apr. 2021 Such a provision could lead companies to reconsider investments in green energy in Texas, making fossil fuels more attractive by comparison, Cohan said. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, "2020 brings largest one-year drop in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions," 13 Apr. 2021 Both men agreed that those reticent to get a vaccine should reconsider, especially as doses become available at more local community events like Wednesday's. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix marijuana dispensary hosts walk-up COVID-19 vaccination blitz," 8 Apr. 2021 The revelation has prompted Clemson to reconsider the Woodland Cemetery’s function on campus amid a national reckoning by universities to properly acknowledge their legacies of slavery and forced labor. Michelle Liu, The Christian Science Monitor, "At Clemson, unmarked graves prompt reckoning with slavery legacy," 7 Apr. 2021 The focus on a racial reckoning over the past year has prompted millions of Americans to reconsider their views on racial injustice. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Stark divide on race, policing emerges since George Floyd's death, USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll shows," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of reconsider

1571, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of reconsider was in 1571

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“Reconsider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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