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Meaning of consider by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Middle English consideren, from Middle French considerer, from Latin considerare .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /kənˈsɪdə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /kənsɪdɚ/
    • Rhymes: -ɪdə( r )


    consider ( third-person singular simple present considers present participle considering, simple past and past participle considered )

    1. ( transitive ) To think about seriously .
      Consider that we’ve had three major events and the year has hardly begun .
    2. ( transitive ) To think of doing .
      I’m considering going to the beach tomorrow .
    3. ( transitive ) To assign some quality to .
      Consider yourself lucky, but consider your opponent skillful .
      I considered the pie undercooked .
    4. ( transitive ) To look at attentively .
      She sat there for a moment, considering him .
    5. ( transitive ) To take up as an example .
      Consider a triangle having three equal sides .
    6. ( transitive, parliamentary procedure ) To debate or dispose of a motion .
      This body will now consider the proposed amendments to Section 453 of the zoning code .

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Explanation of consider by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. judge or regard

    2. deem to be

    3. I consider her to be shallow
    4. regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem

    5. Please consider your family
    6. take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

    7. Consider the following case
    8. think about carefully

    9. They considered the possibility of a strike
    10. show consideration for

    11. You must consider her age
      The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient
    12. look at carefully

    13. look at attentively

    14. give careful consideration to

    15. consider the possibility of moving

    Definition of consider by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Consider ( kŏnsĭdẽr ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Considered ( kŏnsĭdẽrd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Considering.] [F. considérer, L. considerare, -sideratum, to consider, view attentively, prob. fr. con- + sidus, sideris, star, constellation; orig., therefore, to look at the stars. See Sidereal, and cf. Desire.]
      1. To fix the mind on, with a view to a careful examination; to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on.

      I will consider thy testimonies. Ps. cxix. 95.

      Thenceforth to speculations high or deep

      I turned my thoughts, and with capacious mind

      Considered all things visible. Milton.

      2. To look at attentively; to observe; to examine.

      She considereth a field, and buyeth it. Prov. xxxi. 16.

      3. To have regard to; to take into view or account; to pay due attention to; to respect.

      Consider, sir, the chance of war: the day

      Was yours by accident. Shak.

      England could grow into a posture of being more united at home, and more considered abroad. Sir W. Temple.

      4. To estimate; to think; to regard; to view.

      Considered as plays, his works are absurd. Macaulay.

      ☞ The proper sense of consider is often blended with an idea of the result of considering; as, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor.” Ps. xli. 1.; i.e., considers with sympathy and pity. “Which [services] if I have not enough considered.” Shak.; i.e., requited as the sufficient considering of them would suggest. “Consider him liberally.” J. Hooker.

      Syn. -- To ponder; weigh; revolve; study; reflect or meditate on; contemplate; examine. See Ponder.

    2. Consider, v. i.
      1. To think seriously; to make examination; to reflect; to deliberate.

      We will consider of your suit. Shak.

      'T were to consider too curiously, to consider so. Shak.

      She wished she had taken a moment to consider, before rushing down stairs. W. Black

      2. To hesitate. [Poetic & R.] Dryden.