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verb     consider pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleconsidering
past tenseconsidered
past participleconsidered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to think about something carefully before making a decision or developing an opinion

    She paused and considered for a moment.

    an important factor to consider when choosing a school

    consider whether:

    He is considering whether to accept another job offer.

    consider doing something:

    He’s considering buying a used car.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to formally discuss something before making a decision about it

      The committee met to consider issues relating to road maintenance.

      The jury went out to consider its verdict.

      consider someone/something for something:

      Her manuscript is being considered for publication.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to think that something may exist or may be true
    consider the possibility:

    Have you considered the possibility that he just doesn’t like you?

    consider that:

    He did not even consider that she might have a different idea.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to have a particular opinion about someone or something
    consider someone/something (to be) something:

    We all considered him a hero.

    They consider it inevitable that some jobs will be lost.

    Consider yourself lucky that I didn’t mention it to the boss!

  4. 4
    [transitive] to think about someone’s feelings or reactions

    I need to consider my family before I make my decision.

  5. 5
    [transitive] formal to look at someone or something in a particular way
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