consider

[kuhn-sid-er]

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)

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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
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Word Origin and History for consider
v.

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.

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