What does consider mean?

Definitions for consider
kənˈsɪd ərcon·sid·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. see, consider, reckon, view, regardverb

    deem to be

    "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"

  2. study, considerverb

    give careful consideration to

    "consider the possibility of moving"

  3. consider, take, deal, look atverb

    take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

    "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"

  4. consider, count, weighverb

    show consideration for; take into account

    "You must consider her age"; "The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient"

  5. consider, debate, moot, turn over, deliberateverb

    think about carefully; weigh

    "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"

  6. think, believe, consider, conceiveverb

    judge or regard; look upon; judge

    "I think he is very smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he is her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be inferior"

  7. regard, considerverb

    look at attentively

  8. view, consider, look atverb

    look at carefully; study mentally

    "view a problem"

  9. considerverb

    regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem

    "Please consider your family"


  1. considerverb

    To think about seriously.

    Consider that we've had three major events and the year has hardly begun.

  2. considerverb

    To think of doing.

    I'm considering going to the beach tomorrow.

  3. considerverb

    To assign some quality to.

  4. considerverb

    To look at attentively.

    She sat there for a moment, considering him.

  5. considerverb

    To take up as an example.

    Consider a triangle having three equal sides.

  6. considerverb

    To debate or dispose of a motion.

    This body will now consider the proposed amendments to Section 453 of the zoning code.

  7. Etymology: From consideren, from considerer, from considero.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONSIDERverb

    Etymology: considero, Latin.

    At our more consider’d time we’ll read,
    Answer, and think upon this business. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    It is not possible to act otherwise, considering the weakness of our faculties. Spectator, №. 465.

    It seems necessary, in the choice of persons for greater employments, to consider their bodies as well as their minds, and ages and health as well as their abilities. William Temple.

    Let us consider one another to provoke unto love, and to good works. Heb. x. 24.

    Thy life hath yet been private, most part spent
    At home. John Milton, Paradise Regained, b. iii. l. 229.

    Take away with thee the very services thou hast done, which, if I have not enough considered, to be more thankful to thee shall be my study. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

  2. To Considerverb

    None considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding. Isaiah xliv. 1.

    Widow, we will consider of your suit;
    And come some other time to know our mind. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Such a treatise might be consulted by Jurymen, before they consider of their verdict. Jonathan Swift.

    Many maz’d considerings did throng,
    And press’d in with this caution. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    ’Twas grief no more, or grief and rage were one
    Within her soul; at last ’twas rage alone,
    Which burning upwards, in succession dries
    The tears that stood considering in her eyes. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. consider

    To consider means to think about or carefully contemplate something, often with the intention of making a decision or forming an opinion. It involves thoroughly examining different aspects, factors, or perspectives related to a matter before reaching a conclusion or taking action. Considering requires the individual to weigh options, analyze information, and reflect on various possibilities or implications. It can involve evaluating pros and cons, assessing risks, or taking into account different viewpoints. Overall, considering involves a thoughtful and deliberate process of assessing and pondering something before making a judgment or decision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Considerverb

    to fix the mind on, with a view to a careful examination; to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on

  2. Considerverb

    to look at attentively; to observe; to examine

  3. Considerverb

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

  4. Considerverb

    to estimate; to think; to regard; to view

  5. Considerverb

    to think seriously; to make examination; to reflect; to deliberate

  6. Considerverb

    to hesitate


  1. Consider

    Consider is an EP by Delaware band Boysetsfire, released in 1996. It was released as a 7" vinyl. The songs were later included on the band's album Before the Eulogy, a collection of B-sides and rarities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consider

    kon-sid′ėr, v.t. to look at closely or carefully: to think or deliberate on: to take into account: to attend to: to reward.—v.i. to think seriously or carefully: to deliberate.—adj. Consid′erable, worthy of being considered: important: more than a little.—n. Consid′erableness.—adv. Consid′erably.—n. Consid′erance (Shak.), consideration.—adjs. Consid′erāte, Consid′erative (obs.), thoughtful: serious: prudent: thoughtful for the feelings of others.—adv. Consid′erately.—ns. Consid′erateness, thoughtfulness for others; Considerā′tion, deliberation: importance: motive or reason: compensation, reward: the reason or basis of a compact: (law) the thing given or done or abstained from by agreement with another, and in view of that other giving, doing, or abstaining from something.—prep. Consid′ering, in view of: seeing that.—adv. Consid′eringly, with consideration. [Fr.—L. considerāre, supposed to have been orig. a term of augury—con, and sidus, sideris, a star.]

Editors Contribution

  1. consider

    To think and be mindful.

    They did consider creating an outdoor space for their wedding party.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consider' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #843

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consider' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1125

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consider' in Verbs Frequency: #71

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consider in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consider in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of consider in a Sentence

  1. Loren Weisman:

    Consider the possibility that the more you engage, comment or react to fools and foolishness online, the more those fools and that foolishness are amplified, promoted and seen. Want to reduce their impact? Consider reducing your engagement with both them and their posts.

  2. Danielle Pletka:

    You do not consider it based on the risks; you consider it based on the long-term security and safety for the American people.

  3. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    We consider that Mr Bashar al-Assad in the end cannot govern Syria and we also consider it impossible that the Iranians, who have troops on the ground even if they say they are military advisers, stay in Syria permanently.

  4. Al Franken:

    I mean, I consider you a hero, tremendous political courage, not, you know, the thing about five years, or five and a half years at the Hanoi Hilton; as far as I'm concerned you just sat out the war. I don't consider that real heroism. Anybody can get captured, right?

  5. Chief Justice Earl Warren:

    Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.

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  • اعتبرArabic
  • считам за, обмислям, разглеждам, замислямBulgarian
  • zvažovat, uvažovatCzech
  • überlegenGerman
  • σκεφτείτεGreek
  • konsideriEsperanto
  • considerarSpanish
  • (millekski) pidamaEstonian
  • در نظر گرفتنPersian
  • punnita, harkita, ottaa huomioonFinnish
  • prendre, estimer, réfléchir, envisager, considérer, songer, examiner, observerFrench
  • smaoinich, saoil, meòraichScottish Gaelic
  • שקל, החשיב, לקח בחשבוןHebrew
  • विचार करेंHindi
  • konsidereHaitian Creole
  • megfontol, gondol, fontolgat, tart, fontolHungarian
  • considerarInterlingua
  • לשקולHebrew
  • 考慮, 熟考, よく考える, 熟慮, 見なすJapanese
  • 으로, 생각하다, 고려하다Korean
  • meditor, videoLatin
  • berécksichtegen, betruechten, consideréierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • taute, huritao, mātūtū, whakaraupekaMāori
  • aanschouw, vinden, beschouwen, nemen, observeren, bedenken, in acht nemen, in, aannemen, overwegenDutch
  • vurdere, betrakteNorwegian
  • baczyć, uznawać, uważać, rozważać, obserwowaćPolish
  • ter, mirar, fitar, considerar, pensar emPortuguese
  • рассматривать, считать, рассмотреть, обдумывать, обдуматьRussian
  • razmatrati, razmotritiSerbo-Croatian
  • razmislitiSlovene
  • betrakta, fundera på, betänka, begrunda, tänka, fundera över, övervägaSwedish
  • கருத்தில்Tamil
  • düşünmekTurkish
  • 考虑Chinese

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