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

      

    consider

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɪdə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɪdər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they consider
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɪdə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɪdər//
     
    he / she / it considers
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɪdəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɪdərz//
     
    past simple considered
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɪdəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɪdərd//
     
    past participle considered
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɪdəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɪdərd//
     
    -ing form considering
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɪdərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɪdərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to think about something carefully, especially in order to make a decision I'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 response The 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. Language BankaboutSaying what a text is about The 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. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
  2. 2  [transitive] to think of somebody/something in a particular way consider 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 + adj. | 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 so. it is considered that… It is considered that the proposed development would create much-needed jobs. Synonymsregardcall 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 joke.call 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 something.Patterns to regard/​consider/​see/​view somebody/​something as something to regard/​consider/​see/​view somebody/​something from a particular point of view to find/​consider somebody/​something to be something generally/​usually regarded/​considered/​seen/​viewed as something to regard/​consider/​view somebody/​something favourably/​unfavourably
  3. 3  [transitive] consider somebody/something to think about something, especially the feelings of other people, and be influenced by it when making a decision, etc. You should consider other people before you act.
  4. 4[transitive] consider somebody/something (formal) to look carefully at somebody/something He stood there, considering the painting.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French considerer, from Latin considerare ‘examine’, perhaps based on sidus, sider- ‘star’.Extra examples He is widely considered to be a future star. I did briefly consider going on my own. I was strongly considering leaving her on her own. I’m seriously considering the possibility of emigrating. We are considering her for the job of designer. Consider yourself lucky you weren’t fired. He’s generally considered to have the finest tenor voice in the country. I’d like some time to consider. It was a carefully considered decision. The company is being actively considered as a potential partner. This award is considered to be a great honour. We’re considering buying a new car. You wouldn’t consider marrying a man for his money, then?Idioms 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
     
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    your opinion that is the result of careful thought
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