Definition of consider in English:



  • 1Think carefully about (something), typically before making a decision.

    ‘each application is considered on its merits’
    ‘I may not have time to give a considered reply to suggestions’
    • ‘But it is also my duty to consider every possibility carefully before making any important decision.’
    • ‘My concern is that the ministry is going to make a decision based on expediency and without considering the impact their decision will have on the environment.’
    • ‘Here, though, the winemaker must consider his market carefully.’
    • ‘This is a carefully considered blueprint for urgent change from experts who expect their proposal to be taken seriously.’
    • ‘And about your ending suggestion, I will consider it very carefully.’
    • ‘It is important to select carefully when considering your dietary needs whilst shopping for food.’
    • ‘His dark eyes lock on to yours as he talks, to the extent that you feel it would be disrespectful to look away, and he considers every answer carefully before responding to the question.’
    • ‘He was making a carefully considered statement, which he well knew would be explosive in its implications.’
    • ‘The Scottish executive is believed to be considering introducing the levy to pay for new fishery management bodies.’
    • ‘He asked my opinion and considered it in decisions about the manor where we once had lived.’
    • ‘Keeping that in mind, you'll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck.’
    • ‘They may consider leaving if they believe his legacy is at risk.’
    • ‘Did they take the decision without considering these factors then?’
    • ‘The US administration has already dismissed the decision without considering it.’
    • ‘A court system will review the operation of the committees by considering appeals against their decisions.’
    • ‘Some American states already control light pollution and I believe we should consider doing the same.’
    • ‘But this seemed to be one of the first times that I really believed that Katherine was considering calling it quits with Jake.’
    • ‘It is a decision we are free to take, on a carefully considered basis.’
    • ‘Fourth, we are choosing the state on the basis of carefully and rationally considered criteria.’
    • ‘Everyone must realise how important it is to carefully consider the cost, care and commitment involved in looking after a pet for the rest of its life.’
    • ‘However, the provincial liquor licensing process carefully considers the concerns of city councils.’
    • ‘From an early age they were convinced it was impossible to make wise decisions without considering the humorous ramifications of plans gone awry.’
    • ‘He said he's got war on his mind as he considers these policies and decisions he has to make.’
    • ‘It wasn't the first time such a thought had crossed her mind, but now she considered it carefully and hid a smile.’
    think about, contemplate, give thought to, reflect on, examine, appraise, review
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    1. 1.1 Think about and be drawn towards (a course of action)
      ‘he had considered giving up his job’
      • ‘Perhaps the university may consider a lesser contribution towards the cost as it is not on land owned by the university.’
      • ‘I agree, and think that we have made a big mistake by not considering such a course of action.’
      • ‘Perhaps you would consider providing a gift towards our Jamaican outreach.’
      • ‘If all this sounds a bit too much like hard work, you could of course consider putting yourself in storage for the winter.’
      • ‘She said she would be asking them to consider fully implementing refresher courses.’
      • ‘When snags pose no safety hazard to golfers or course maintenance staff, consider leaving them in place.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, New College in Walcot and Swindon College have confirmed they are considering offering the course.’
      • ‘He is considering tilting him towards the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup next month, in which case Strong Flow will need to win with some authority here.’
      • ‘I know the air is pretty rarified in academia, but has the good professor considered taking an evening course in the university of life?’
      • ‘Rehabilitation and return to the medical course should always be considered, but may not be possible or successful.’
      • ‘Adults who want to continue with their education are being asked to consider Open University courses.’
      • ‘Something else that he had considered was a nursing course at Cregg House.’
      • ‘For example, consider attending a course or convention offered by a food service vendor or supplier.’
      • ‘Though his chief lieutenants either tried to urge an end to the war or seek one them selves separately, he refused to consider such a course.’
      • ‘I would urge anyone else who has similar problems to consider undertaking this course if they are given the opportunity.’
      • ‘He and Pete have been looking at multimillion-dollar homes and Darryl is considering buying a golf course.’
    2. 1.2 Believe to be; think.
      with object and infinitive ‘all three patients were considered to be in a critical condition’
      with clause ‘I don't consider that I'm to blame’
      • ‘Investigators are considering this to be the work of a suicide cult, though this is believed to be purely speculation as of right now.’
      • ‘Only once did the excitable youngster's tongue become tied, this when attempting to articulate the word ‘ambitions’, in the course of an enquiry into what he considers his to be.’
      • ‘It is considered to be the search engine with the largest reach on the Internet.’
      • ‘I think I must leave others to decide for themselves on the point, as my judgement may not be considered to be impartial.’
      • ‘These works were thought to be the work of a historical figure named Hermes Trismegistus who was considered to be a contemporary of Moses.’
      • ‘It offers a free search engine and is considered to be one of the best on the market.’
      • ‘I have taken these into account and considered each dream to be a form of communication.’
      • ‘I have always considered myself to be reasonably green, driving a small car, walking to work and recycling much of my rubbish.’
      • ‘The judge may have considered that there was no need to repeat all of the details in the summing up.’
      • ‘At this point, he considers that he is finished with this nonsense, but, the gate is still there and the prospect of living a dull academic life pales in comparison with the potentials he saw in the future.’
      • ‘I know some people probably consider me to be a trophy wife - when they meet me they realise that's not the case.’
      • ‘At that time, the Inspector considered Sandown Hall to be of historic interest and a fine early example of the Greek revival style.’
      believe, think, maintain, imagine, be of the view, reckon, guess, estimate, conjecture, fancy, suspect, feel, have a feeling, have the feeling, assume, presume, take it, suppose, expect, gather
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    3. 1.3with object and complement Regard (someone or something) as having a specified quality.
      ‘I consider him irresponsible’
      • ‘In his time he was considered eccentric for conserving wildlife while most of his contemporaries were shooting it.’
      • ‘At first regarded as an eccentric minor poet, she is now considered a major writer of startling originality.’
      • ‘Despite her ugly qualities, I still consider her a person who offers excellent company.’
      • ‘I think in America, some people consider us one of the very last remaining communist countries.’
      • ‘Some people consider me an ambassador for skateboarding, but at the core, I'm just a pro skater.’
      • ‘As a result, many people often mistakenly consider quantity and quality of training to be synonymous.’
      • ‘I don't really know him very well as a person, but I consider him one of my fierce rivals.’
      • ‘Some of this support surely comes from some of the same people who'd considered him something of a cold fish.’
      • ‘I personally consider anyone that thinks this is a joke to be too shallow to be called a philosopher.’
      • ‘Neighbours consider him a kind person who is ready to help others, while criminals see him as a thorn in their side.’
      • ‘Unless of course you consider operating a motor vehicle at high speeds as some kind of cosmic revelation.’
      • ‘This is considered a famous poem, and reflects a graceful attitude towards riches and power.’
      • ‘If on any occasion the other person turns against him, he considers him ungrateful.’
      • ‘If you are poor but have all good qualities you are considered not worth knowing.’
      • ‘I think most people would consider him an unscrupulous thug who should be apprehended and punished.’
      • ‘In some quarters, the dove is considered to possess angelic qualities.’
      • ‘It is quite a fantasy to have a whole people consider you divine after all.’
      • ‘He is considered conservative on social issues and holds strong republican views on the North.’
      • ‘Hey, did I ever care about whether or not people considered me an idiot at all?’
      • ‘If, however, a person considers him or herself to be different from the group, it will be easier to disregard the group's opinion.’
      regard as, deem, hold to be, think, think of as, reckon, believe, judge, adjudge, rate, class as, account, count, gauge, look on as, view as, see as, take for, interpret as, suppose, find
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    4. 1.4 Take (something) into account when making a judgement.
      ‘one service area is not enough when you consider the number of cars using this motorway’
      • ‘As we've said, custom design doesn't come cheap but when you consider what you get, we think it's great value.’
      • ‘The deaths and torture scenes are rather grisly when you consider the era in which this movie came out.’
      • ‘Sometimes a system may look expensive but when you consider factors like reduced installation time, higher aeration efficiency, greater longevity of the products, reduced maintenance needs and comprehensive warranty programs it becomes clear that overall you often get more than what you pay for.’
      take into consideration, take into account, take account of, make allowances for, respect, bear in mind, be mindful of, have regard to, reckon with, remember, mind, mark, heed, note, not forget, make provision for, take to heart, pay regard to, be guided by
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  • 2Look attentively at.

    ‘the old man considered his granddaughter thoughtfully’
    • ‘Narrowing his eyes, and with one hand tucked in the silk pocket of his well-cut slacks, he considered her face as if she were a portrait by Rubens or Goya.’
    • ‘He considered her face a moment before he reached for her arm.’
    • ‘He sighed to himself as he considered the portrait for a long moment.’
    look at, contemplate, observe, regard, survey, view, scrutinize, scan, examine, inspect
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  • all things considered

    • Taking everything into account.

      ‘so, all things considered, I think I have done all right’
      • ‘And if you decide, all things considered, to stay in and watch telly, you're in for a slow night - there isn't any.’
      • ‘I don't think I fared too badly, all things considered.’
      • ‘So all things considered, it turned out much better than projected.’
      • ‘She was taking it very well, all things considered.’
      • ‘So it's pretty reasonable, all things considered.’
      • ‘As to the jail cell that he's in right now, all things considered, it's not bad because he is by himself and he's segregated.’
      • ‘So all things considered, it's pretty optimistic.’
      • ‘It's not been a bad week, all things considered.’
      • ‘Still, I don't think it's looking too bad, all things considered.’
      • ‘In general, last year was by most accounts a successful year for the fitness facility industry, all things considered.’
      all things considered, considering everything, all in all, on the whole, taking everything into account, taking everything into consideration, at the end of the day, when all's said and done
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Late Middle English: from Old French considerer, from Latin considerare ‘examine’, perhaps based on sidus, sider- ‘star’.