- An example of consider is thinking about two possible options.
- An example of consider is believing a person committed a crime after seeing evidence.
The definition of consider is to decide, keep in mind, or believe as true.
- 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
to think carefully or seriously; reflect
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.
To think carefully; reflect: Give me time to consider.
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
consider deem regard account reckon
These verbs refer to holding opinions or views that are based on evaluation. Consider suggests objective reflection and reasoning: He considers success to be of little importance. Deem is more subjective, emphasizing judgment rather than contemplation: The faculty deemed the essay to be acceptable. Regard often implies a personal attitude: I regard your apology as genuine. Account and reckon in this sense are literary and imply calculated judgment: “I account no man to be a philosopher who attempts to do more” (John Henry Newman). “I cannot reckon you as an admirer” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
(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). .