verb con·sid·er \kən-ˈsi-dər\

: 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.

con·sid·eredcon·sid·er·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of CONSIDER

transitive verb
:  to think about carefully: 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 <defendant's age must be considered>
:  to regard or treat in an attentive or kindly way <he considered her every wish>
:  to gaze on steadily or reflectively
:  to come to judge or classify <consider thrift essential>
:  regard <his works are well considered abroad>
:  suppose
intransitive verb
:  reflect, deliberate <paused a moment to consider>

Origin of CONSIDER

Middle English, from Anglo-French considerer, from Latin considerare to observe, think about, from com- + sider-, sidus heavenly body
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to CONSIDER

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

Rhymes with CONSIDER

CONSIDER Defined for Kids


verb con·sid·er \kən-ˈsi-dər\

Definition of CONSIDER for Kids

:  to think over carefully :  ponder, reflect <He should consider moving.>
:  to treat in a kind or thoughtful way <You never consider my feelings.>
:  to think of in a certain way :  believe <I consider vacation a good time to do some reading.>


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