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[kuh n-sid-er] /kənˈsɪd ər/
verb (used with object)
to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision; contemplate; reflect on:
He considered the cost before buying the new car.
to regard as or deem to be:
I consider the story improbable.
to think, believe, or suppose:
We consider his reply unsatisfactory.
to bear in mind; make allowance for:
The arrest was justified if you consider his disorderly behavior.
to pay attention to; regard:
He considered the man for some time before speaking to him.
to regard with respect, thoughtfulness, honor, etc.; esteem.
to think about (something that one might do, accept, buy, etc.):
to consider a job in Guatemala.
Obsolete. to view attentively; scrutinize.
Obsolete. to recompense or remunerate.
verb (used without object)
to think deliberately or carefully; reflect.
to view carefully or thoughtfully.
Origin of consider
1350-1400; Middle English consideren (< Anglo-French) < Latin consīderāre to examine, equivalent to con- con- + sīder- (stem of sīdus) star-group, sky (see sidereal) + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
considerer, noun
preconsider, verb (used with object)
1. ponder, deliberate, weigh. See study1 . Unabridged
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  • If you're going to splurge, consider something custom-designed, such as a light fixture.
  • However, state legislators this year will consider a bill to permit the collection of water for irrigation.
  • Entomologists consider the colony as a superorganism.
  • consider how the crisis has unfolded over the past eighteen months.
  • Also consider that a life-form needs some way to collect, store and utilize energy.
  • Ask a group of people how good they are at driving, chances are they will all consider themselves to be above the mean.
  • We consider being free of all kinds of economic aspects to be part of our lifestyles.
  • If buying a home, consider its potential loss in value if a nearby underground storage tank were to leak.
  • Did the research consider the time of day of exercise and of anti-oxidant intake.
  • consider, for example, bids to develop an oil field.
British Dictionary definitions for consider


verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to think carefully about or ponder on (a problem, decision, etc); contemplate
(may take a clause as object) to judge, deem, or have as an opinion: I consider him a fool
to have regard for; respect: consider your mother's feelings
to look at; regard: he considered her face
(may take a clause as object) to bear in mind as possible or acceptable: when buying a car consider this make
to describe or discuss: in this programme we consider the traffic problem
(may take a clause as object) to keep in mind and make allowances (for): consider his childhood
Derived Forms
considerer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin consīderāre to inspect closely, literally: to observe the stars, from sīdus star
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Word Origin and History for consider

late 14c., from Old French considerer (13c.) "reflect on, consider, study," from Latin considerare "to look at closely, observe," perhaps literally "to observe the stars," from com- "with" (see com-) + sidus (genitive sideris) "constellation" (see sidereal).

Perhaps a metaphor from navigation, but more likely reflecting Roman obsession with divination by astrology. Tucker doubts the connection with sidus, however, because it is "quite inapplicable to desiderare," and suggests derivation instead from the PIE root of English side meaning "stretch, extend," and a sense for the full word of "survey on all sides" or "dwell long upon." Related: Considered; considering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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