consider
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /kənˈsɪdə/
  • (GA) IPA: /kənˈsɪdɚ/, [kənˈsɪɾɚ]
Verb

consider (considers, present participle considering; past and past participle considered)

  1. (transitive) To think about seriously.
    Synonyms: bethink, reflect
    Consider that we’ve had three major events and the year has hardly begun.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Thenceforth to speculations high or deep / I turned my thoughts, and with capacious mind / Considered all things visible.
  2. (intransitive) To think about something seriously or carefully: to deliberate.
  3. (transitive) To think of doing.
    Synonyms: think of, bethink
    I’m considering going to the beach tomorrow.
  4. (ditransitive) To assign some quality to.
    Synonyms: deem, regard, think of; see also Thesaurus:deem
    Consider yourself lucky, but consider your opponent skillful.
    I considered the pie undercooked.
    • 1825, Thomas Macaulay, An Essay on John Milton
      Considered as plays, his works are absurd.
  5. (transitive) To look at attentively.
    Synonyms: regard, observe, Thesaurus:pay attention
    She sat there for a moment, considering him.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Proverbs 31:16 ↗:
      She considereth a field, and buyeth it.
  6. (transitive) To take up as an example.
    Consider a triangle having three equal sides.
  7. (transitive, parliamentary procedure) To debate (or dispose of) a motion.
    Synonyms: deliberate, bethink
    This body will now consider the proposed amendments to Section 453 of the zoning code.
  8. To have regard to; to take into view or account; to pay due attention to; to respect.
    Synonyms: take into account
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene v]:
      Consider, sir, the chance of war: the day / Was yours by accident.
    • England could grow into a posture of being more united at home, and more considered abroad.
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