One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Isabel hesitated, considering her choices’
think about, contemplate, give thought to, reflect on, examine, appraise, review
study, mull over, ponder, deliberate over, cogitate about, chew over, meditate on, meditate over, ruminate over, turn over in one's mind
assess, evaluate, compare, weigh up, judge, consider the pros and cons of, sum up
informal size up
2‘I consider him irresponsible’
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
3‘embarrassed, he considered the ceiling’
look at, contemplate, observe, regard, survey, view, scrutinize, scan, examine, inspect
informal check out, have a gander at, have a squint at, get a load of
British informal have a butcher's at, take a dekko at, take a shufti at, clock
North American informal eyeball
4‘I hope the inquiry will consider all those issues’
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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