From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishconsidercon‧sid‧er /kənˈsɪdə $ -ər/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 think about [intransitive, transitive]THINK ABOUT to think about something carefully, especially before making a choice or decisionconsider doing something I seriously considered resigning (=almost actually resigned).consider the possibility of (doing) something Have you considered the possibility of retraining?consider whether (to do something) We are considering whether to change our advice to tourists.consider where/how/why etc We’re still considering where to move to. We will have to consider your offer considering your position formal (=be deciding whether or not to leave your job)see thesaurus at thinkGrammarConsider is followed by an -ing form, not an infinitive. You consider doing something: I considered asking for my money back. Don’t say: I considered to ask for my money back.2 opinion [transitive]THINK/HAVE THE OPINION THAT to think of someone or something in a particular way or to have a particular opinionconsider (that) The local authority considered that the school did not meet requirements.consider somebody/something (to be) something A further increase in interest rates is now considered unlikely. Liz Quinn was considered an excellent teacher. They consider themselves to be Europeans.consider it necessary/important etc to do something I did not consider it necessary to report the incident. I consider it a great honour to be invited.consider somebody/something to do something The campaign was considered to have failed.consider yourself lucky/fortunate (=believe you are lucky etc) Consider yourself lucky you weren’t in the car at the time.consider yourself (to be) something (=think of yourself as a particular type of person) They consider themselves to be middle class.3 people’s feelings [transitive]KIND to think about someone or their feelings, and try to avoid upsetting themconsiderate You’ve got to learn to consider other people! Have you considered my feelings?4 important fact [intransitive, transitive] to think about an important fact relating to something when making a judgmentconsidering It’s not surprising when you consider that he only arrived six months ago. All things considered, I’m sure we made the right decision.5 discuss [transitive]DISCUSS to discuss something such as a report or problem, so that you can make a decision about it The committee has been considering the report. 6 look at [transitive] formalLOOK AT to look at someone or something carefully Ben considered the statue with an expert eye.7 consider it doneGRAMMAR: Using the progressiveIn meaning 1, consider is often used in the progressive. You say: I am considering investing some money (=I am thinking about it and may do it). In meaning 2, consider is not used in the progressive. You say: I consider it a good investment (=I believe that it is). Don’t say: I am considering it a good investment.THESAURUSconsider verb [transitive not in progressive] formal to have an opinion about someone or something after thinking carefully about themWe do not consider this film suitable for young children.She is considered to be one of the finest pianists of her generation.see verb [transitive not in progressive] to think about someone or something in a particular way, or as being a particular kind of person or thingHaving a child makes you see things differently.America was seen as the land of opportunity.The country sees itself as a bridge between East and West.regard/view verb [transitive] to think about someone or something in a particular way, or as being a particular kind of person or thing. Regard/view are a little more formal than seeShe regards herself more as an entertainer than a singer.Many people in the industry viewed him with suspicion.perceive verb [transitive often passive] formal to think about someone or something in a particular way, or as being a particular kind of person or thingHistorically, nursing has been perceived as a job for women, but things have changed now.The group were perceived to have little real talent.Do other people perceive us as we perceive ourselves?think of somebody/something as (also look on somebody/something as) to think that someone or something is a particular type of person or thingHe looked on his job as a welcome relief from the problems at home.Even though he’s 18, his parents still think of him as a child.I think of her more as a sister. → See Verb table
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considerThat would not be good, for more reasons than he cared to consider.While the list of proposed transportation projects is being refined, possible methods to close the funding gap are being considered.For any skin problem, it's worth considering a change of diet.I considered driving out to Atlantic City to meet her.Have you considered getting new car?Bill paused to consider his options.I would consider it an honour to serve on the Executive Committee.The mayor needs to consider local residents when she decides where to put the new stadium.A fundamental breach is one which the courts would consider more serious than an ordinary breach.The boss says she's still considering my request for a raise.Planning Permission Application for permission to develop a timeshare facility would be considered on the same basis as any other resort development.Meanwhile, the Legislature is considering the committee's recommendations.Before buying a car you should consider the cost of insuring it.Before you resign, you should consider the effect it will have on your family.Lying in the water, she considered the evidence against Sykes again.We began to consider the possibility of moving to Japan permanently.We do not consider this film suitable for young children.But when you consider this in the context of its well-weighted precision and speed, it gives little cause for complaint.She is considered to be one of the finest pianists of her generation.He also said he would consider unsealing some documents after the jury is chosen.Differences emerge in three ways: argument; competition; and conflict - which alone is considered wholly harmful.Have you considered working as a journalist?be considering your positionI had recommended him to say he was considering his position and no more.He says the family are considering their position visavis the manufacturers and the suppliers.consider yourself (to be) somethingHe could consider himself a man now.Q: Do you consider yourself a role model?He considered himself, at that moment, married to Louise.Foolish pride: I considered myself indestructible.You can consider yourself most fortunate to be blessed like this with such a strong celestial advantage.If you consider yourself slower than the pathfinder then start late.I'd seen them being put through the mill in this way several times, but always considered myself somehow immune.Yet she considers herself to have been extraordinarily lucky throughout her writing career.All things consideredI mean, nuns have to drink somewhere. All things considered, I reckoned two out of three wasn't bad.She keeps herself to herself. All things considered, she would be better married.
Origin consider (1300-1400) Old French considerer, from Latin considerare to look at the stars, look at closely, examine, from com- (COM-) + sidus star