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1 to think of in a particular way
  • I consider him a very good friend

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3 to have as an opinion
  • consider the price too high

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4 to give consideration to (as unexpected circumstances or contingencies)
  • I had to consider the commute in deciding whether to take the job

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5 to think very highly or favorably of
  • her well-considered novels have seldom been best sellers

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Frequently Asked Questions About consider

How does the verb consider differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of consider are contemplate, study, and weigh. While all these words 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

In what contexts can contemplate take the place of consider?

The synonyms contemplate and consider are sometimes interchangeable, but contemplate stresses focusing one's thoughts on something but does not imply coming to a conclusion or decision.

contemplate the consequences of refusing

When would study be a good substitute for consider?

The meanings of study and consider largely overlap; however, study implies sustained purposeful concentration and attention to details and minutiae.

study the plan closely

When could weigh be used to replace consider?

Although the words weigh and consider have much in common, 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

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The first known use of consider was in the 14th century

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“Consider.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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