- The definition of consider is to decide, keep in mind, or believe as true.
- An example of consider is thinking about two possible options.
- An example of consider is believing a person committed a crime after seeing evidence.
- Archaic to look at carefully; examine
- to think about in order to understand or decide; ponder: to consider a problem
- to keep in mind; take into account: her health is good if you consider her age
- to be thoughtful of (others, their feelings, etc.); show consideration for
- to regard as; think to be: I consider him an expert
- to believe or conclude after thought: we consider that the defendant is not guilty
Origin of considerMiddle English consideren ; from Old French considerer ; from Classical Latin considerare, to look at closely, observe ; from com-, with + sidus, a star: see sidereal
verbcon·sid·ered, con·sid·er·ing, con·sid·ers
- To think carefully about (something), especially before making a decision; I needed more time to consider my options. We considered taking the train instead of the bus.
- To think or deem to be; regard as: considered his friend a liberal on most issues; considered her contribution essential. See Usage Note at as1.
- To suppose or believe: considers waste to be criminal; considers that the mistake could have been prevented.
- To take into account; bear in mind: Her success is not surprising if you consider her excellent training.
- To show consideration for: failed to consider the feelings of others.
- To look at thoughtfully: considered my shoes and thought they looked worn out.
Origin of considerMiddle English consideren, from Old French, from Latin cōnsīderāre, to observe attentively, contemplate (probably originally meaning “to observe the stars attentively (for the purpose of divination or marine navigation)”) : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + sīdus, sīder-, star.
(third-person singular simple present considers, present participle considering, simple past and past participle considered)
- To think about seriously.
- Consider that we’ve had three major events and the year has hardly begun.
- To think of doing.
- I’m considering going to the beach tomorrow.
- To assign some quality to.
- Consider yourself lucky, but consider your opponent skillful.
- I considered the pie undercooked.
- To look at attentively.
- She sat there for a moment, considering him.
- To take up as an example.
- Consider a triangle having three equal sides.
- (parliamentary procedure) To debate or dispose of a motion.
- This body will now consider the proposed amendments to Section 453 of the zoning code.
- To have regard to; to take into view or account; to pay due attention to; to respect.
- In sense 2, this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). .