[ kuh n-sid-er-ing ]
/ kənˈsɪd ər ɪŋ /


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.

Origin of considering

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

Definition for considering (2 of 2)


[ kuhn-sid-er ]
/ kənˈsɪd ər /

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

Examples from the Web for considering

British Dictionary definitions for considering (1 of 2)


/ (kənˈsɪdərɪŋ) /


in view of


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


(subordinating) in view of the fact that

British Dictionary definitions for considering (2 of 2)


/ (kənˈsɪdə) /

verb (mainly tr)

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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