Definition of consider verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



; kənˈsɪdər
1 [intransitive, transitive] to think about something carefully, especially in order to make a decisionI'd like some time to consider.consider something She considered her options.Let us consider the facts.He was considering an appeal.a carefully considered responseThe company is being actively considered as a potential partner (= it is thought possible that it could become one).consider doing something We're considering buying a new car.You wouldn't consider marrying a man for his money, then?consider how/what, etc… We need to consider how the law might be reformed.He was considering what to do next.2 [transitive] to think of somebody/something in a particular wayconsider somebody/something + noun| consider somebody/something (to be) something| consider somebody/something (as) something He considers himself an expert on the subject.This award is considered (to be) a great honour.These workers are considered (as) a high-risk group.consider somebody/something + adjective| consider somebody/something (to be) something Consider yourself lucky you weren't fired.Who do you consider (to be) responsible for the accident?consider somebody/something to do something He's generally considered to have the finest tenor voice in the country.consider (that)… She considers that it is too early to form a definite conclusion.The Home Secretary will release prisoners only if he considers it is safe to do is considered that… It is considered that the proposed development would create much-needed jobs.3 [transitive] consider somebody/something to think about something, especially the feelings of other people, and be influenced by it when making a decision, etcYou should consider other people before you act.4 [transitive] consider somebody/something (formal) to look carefully at somebody/somethingHe stood there, considering the painting.

all things considered

thinking carefully about all the facts, especially the problems or difficulties, of a situation
She's had a lot of problems since her husband died but she seems quite cheerful, all things considered.

your considered opinion

your opinion that is the result of careful thought
Usage noteUsage note: aboutSaying what a text is aboutThe book is about homeless people in the cities.The report deals with the issue of homelessness in London.The writer discusses the problems faced by homeless people.The article presents an overview of the issues surrounding homelessness.The novel explores the theme of friendship among homeless people.The first chapter examines the relationship between homelessness and drug addiction.The paper considers the question of why so many young people become homeless.Usage noteUsage note: regardcall find consider see viewThese words all mean to think about somebody/something in a particular way.regard to think of somebody/something in a particular way:He seemed to regard the whole thing as a to say that somebody/something has particular qualities or characteristics:I wouldn't call German an easy language.find to have a particular feeling or opinion about something:You may find your illness hard to accept.consider to think of somebody/something in a particular way:Who do you consider (to be) responsible for the accident?regard or consider?These two words have the same meaning, but they are used in different patterns and structures. In this meaning consider must be used with a complement or clause: you can consider somebody/something to be something or consider somebody/something as something, although very often the to be or as is left out:He considers himself an expert. They are considered a high-risk group. You can also consider that somebody/something is something and again, the that can be left out. Regard is used in a narrower range of structures. The most frequent structure is regard somebody/something as something; the as cannot be left out:I regard him a close friend. You cannot regard somebody/something to be something or regard that somebody/something is something. However, regard (but not consider in this meaning) can also be used without a noun or adjective complement but with just an object and adverb (somebody/something is highly regarded) or adverbial phrase (regard somebody/something with suspicion/jealousy/admiration).see to have an opinion of something:Try to see things from her point of view.view to think of somebody/something in a particular way:How do you view your position within the company? View has the same meaning as regard and consider but is slightly less frequent and slightly less formal. The main structures are view somebody/something as somebody/something (you cannot leave out the as) and view somebody/something with regard/consider/see/view somebody/something as somethingto regard/consider/see/view somebody/something from a particular point of viewto find/consider somebody/something to be somethinggenerally/usually regarded/considered/seen/viewed as somethingto regard/consider/view somebody/something favourably/unfavourably