- to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision; contemplate; reflect on: He considered the cost before buying the new car.
- to regard as or deem to be: I consider the story improbable.
- to think, believe, or suppose: We consider his reply unsatisfactory.
- to bear in mind; make allowance for: The arrest was justified if you consider his disorderly behavior.
- to pay attention to; regard: He considered the man for some time before speaking to him.
- to regard with respect, thoughtfulness, honor, etc.; esteem.
- to think about (something that one might do, accept, buy, etc.): to consider a job in Guatemala.
- Obsolete. to view attentively; scrutinize.
- Obsolete. to recompense or remunerate.
- to think deliberately or carefully; reflect.
- to view carefully or thoughtfully.
Origin of consider
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsscrutinize, grant, recognize, study, regard, examine, favor, see, contemplate, acknowledge, hold, feel, analyze, deem, respect, believe, think, view, ponder, ruminate
Examples from the Web for consider
But consider how citizens here in the States are now being arrested for posting threatening messages aimed at police on Facebook.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
That is a distinction with a sociological difference—for many, an uncomfortable one to consider.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Consider, too, that in this digital age, making something public is not only easier but has greater reach.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
These young adults have voluntarily checked out of a political system they consider corrupt and dysfunctional.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
The name that most Republicans seem both to expect and dread to consider running is Vito Fossella.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
And she was disappointed that he only promised to consider the matter and let her hear from him.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
In view of the violence you made use of, I consider that you owe my son an apology.Brave and Bold
It was for them to consider how far they were justified in complying with his request.
To consider these evils, to find their remedy, is the most sore necessity of our times.
Andy sat down again, and began to consider his hands once more.Way of the Lawless
- (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
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.