verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to think deliberately or carefully; reflect.
to view carefully or thoughtfully.

Origin of consider

1350–1400; Middle English consideren (< Anglo-French) < Latin consīderāre to examine, equivalent to con- con- + sīder- (stem of sīdus) star-group, sky (see sidereal) + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formscon·sid·er·er, nounpre·con·sid·er, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for consider Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consider

Contemporary Examples of consider

Historical Examples of consider

  • She was so ill that it was impossible for them to consider in how far she was to blame for what had happened.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • If you mean to insinuate that I am, I consider that you are guilty of impertinence.


    Charlotte Bront

  • If I was given the post, Colles was bound to consider what I had said in my earlier letter and give me some directions.

    Prester John

    John Buchan

  • Now, if we consider that water raised to 212° is boiling, we shall be as much astonished at their powers of enduring heat as cold.

  • A sudden realization that the Englishman might consider her exploit ill-bred caused her to sink back out of sight.

    Into the Primitive

    Robert Ames Bennet

British Dictionary definitions for consider


verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to think carefully about or ponder on (a problem, decision, etc); contemplate
(may take a clause as object) to judge, deem, or have as an opinionI consider him a fool
to have regard for; respectconsider your mother's feelings
to look at; regardhe considered her face
(may take a clause as object) to bear in mind as possible or acceptablewhen buying a car consider this make
to describe or discussin this programme we consider the traffic problem
(may take a clause as object) to keep in mind and make allowances (for)consider his childhood
Derived Formsconsiderer, noun

Word Origin for consider

C14: from Latin consīderāre to inspect closely, literally: to observe the stars, from sīdus star
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for consider

late 14c., from Old French considerer (13c.) "reflect on, consider, study," from Latin considerare "to look at closely, observe," perhaps literally "to observe the stars," from com- "with" (see com-) + sidus (genitive sideris) "constellation" (see sidereal).

Perhaps a metaphor from navigation, but more likely reflecting Roman obsession with divination by astrology. Tucker doubts the connection with sidus, however, because it is "quite inapplicable to desiderare," and suggests derivation instead from the PIE root of English side meaning "stretch, extend," and a sense for the full word of "survey on all sides" or "dwell long upon." Related: Considered; considering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper