[kuh n-sid-er-ing]


taking into account; in view of: The campaign was a great success, considering the strong opposition.


Informal. with all things considered (used only after the statement it modifies): He paints very well, considering.


taking into consideration that: Considering they are newcomers, they've adjusted very well.

Nearby words

  1. considerably,
  2. considerance,
  3. considerate,
  4. consideration,
  5. considered,
  6. consigliere,
  7. consign,
  8. consignation,
  9. consignee,
  10. consigner

Origin of considering

Related formsun·con·sid·er·ing, adjective



verb (used with object)

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.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for considering

British Dictionary definitions for considering



in view of


informal all in all; taking into account the circumstancesit's not bad considering


(subordinating) in view of the fact that


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 considering



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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