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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it is also my duty to consider every possibility carefully before making any important decision.’
    • ‘From an early age they were convinced it was impossible to make wise decisions without considering the humorous ramifications of plans gone awry.’
    • ‘The US administration has already dismissed the decision without considering it.’
    • ‘The Scottish executive is believed to be considering introducing the levy to pay for new fishery management bodies.’
    • ‘Some American states already control light pollution and I believe we should consider doing the same.’
    • ‘He asked my opinion and considered it in decisions about the manor where we once had lived.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But this seemed to be one of the first times that I really believed that Katherine was considering calling it quits with Jake.’
    • ‘However, the provincial liquor licensing process carefully considers the concerns of city councils.’
    • ‘This is a carefully considered blueprint for urgent change from experts who expect their proposal to be taken seriously.’
    • ‘He was making a carefully considered statement, which he well knew would be explosive in its implications.’
    • ‘Here, though, the winemaker must consider his market carefully.’
    • ‘Keeping that in mind, you'll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck.’
    • ‘A court system will review the operation of the committees by considering appeals against their decisions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Did they take the decision without considering these factors then?’
    • ‘Fourth, we are choosing the state on the basis of carefully and rationally considered criteria.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They may consider leaving if they believe his legacy is at risk.’
    • ‘And about your ending suggestion, I will consider it very carefully.’
    • ‘It is a decision we are free to take, on a carefully considered basis.’
    • ‘It is important to select carefully when considering your dietary needs whilst shopping for food.’
    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’
      • ‘Adults who want to continue with their education are being asked to consider Open University courses.’
      • ‘For example, consider attending a course or convention offered by a food service vendor or supplier.’
      • ‘If all this sounds a bit too much like hard work, you could of course consider putting yourself in storage for the winter.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, New College in Walcot and Swindon College have confirmed they are considering offering the course.’
      • ‘I know the air is pretty rarified in academia, but has the good professor considered taking an evening course in the university of life?’
      • ‘Perhaps the university may consider a lesser contribution towards the cost as it is not on land owned by the university.’
      • ‘Perhaps you would consider providing a gift towards our Jamaican outreach.’
      • ‘I agree, and think that we have made a big mistake by not considering such a course of action.’
      • ‘Rehabilitation and return to the medical course should always be considered, but may not be possible or successful.’
      • ‘Something else that he had considered was a nursing course at Cregg House.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘I have taken these into account and considered each dream to be a form of communication.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The judge may have considered that there was no need to repeat all of the details in the summing up.’
      • ‘It offers a free search engine and is considered to be one of the best on the market.’
      • ‘Investigators are considering this to be the work of a suicide cult, though this is believed to be purely speculation as of right now.’
      • ‘I have always considered myself to be reasonably green, driving a small car, walking to work and recycling much of my rubbish.’
      • ‘These works were thought to be the work of a historical figure named Hermes Trismegistus who was considered to be a contemporary of Moses.’
      • ‘I think I must leave others to decide for themselves on the point, as my judgement may not be considered to be impartial.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At that time, the Inspector considered Sandown Hall to be of historic interest and a fine early example of the Greek revival style.’
      • ‘I know some people probably consider me to be a trophy wife - when they meet me they realise that's not the case.’
      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’
      • ‘This is considered a famous poem, and reflects a graceful attitude towards riches and power.’
      • ‘Hey, did I ever care about whether or not people considered me an idiot at all?’
      • ‘If you are poor but have all good qualities you are considered not worth knowing.’
      • ‘I don't really know him very well as a person, but I consider him one of my fierce rivals.’
      • ‘In some quarters, the dove is considered to possess angelic qualities.’
      • ‘I think most people would consider him an unscrupulous thug who should be apprehended and punished.’
      • ‘Neighbours consider him a kind person who is ready to help others, while criminals see him as a thorn in their side.’
      • ‘In his time he was considered eccentric for conserving wildlife while most of his contemporaries were shooting it.’
      • ‘If, however, a person considers him or herself to be different from the group, it will be easier to disregard the group's opinion.’
      • ‘As a result, many people often mistakenly consider quantity and quality of training to be synonymous.’
      • ‘Some of this support surely comes from some of the same people who'd considered him something of a cold fish.’
      • ‘I think in America, some people consider us one of the very last remaining communist countries.’
      • ‘I personally consider anyone that thinks this is a joke to be too shallow to be called a philosopher.’
      • ‘If on any occasion the other person turns against him, he considers him ungrateful.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is considered conservative on social issues and holds strong republican views on the North.’
      • ‘It is quite a fantasy to have a whole people consider you divine after all.’
      • ‘Some people consider me an ambassador for skateboarding, but at the core, I'm just a pro skater.’
      • ‘Unless of course you consider operating a motor vehicle at high speeds as some kind of cosmic revelation.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The deaths and torture scenes are rather grisly when you consider the era in which this movie came out.’
      • ‘As we've said, custom design doesn't come cheap but when you consider what you get, we think it's great value.’
      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’
    • ‘He sighed to himself as he considered the portrait for a long moment.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Still, I don't think it's looking too bad, all things considered.’
      • ‘I don't think I fared too badly, all things considered.’
      • ‘So it's pretty reasonable, all things considered.’
      • ‘She was taking it very well, all things considered.’
      • ‘In general, last year was by most accounts a successful year for the fitness facility industry, all things considered.’
      • ‘It's not been a bad week, all things considered.’
      • ‘So all things considered, it's pretty optimistic.’
      • ‘And if you decide, all things considered, to stay in and watch telly, you're in for a slow night - there isn't any.’
      • ‘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 turned out much better than projected.’
      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’.