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Meaning of “consider” in the English Dictionary

"consider" in British English

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considerverb

uk   /kənˈsɪd.ər/  us   //
  • consider verb (POSSIBILITY)

B1 [I or T] to ​spendtimethinking about a ​possibility or making a ​decision: Don't make any ​decisions before you've considered the ​situation. [+ question word] Have you considered what you'll do if you don't get the ​job? [+ -ing verb] We're considering ​selling the ​house. She's being considered for the ​job. I'd like some ​time to consider before I make a ​decision.

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  • consider verb (SUBJECT/FACT)

C1 [T] to give ​attention to a ​particularsubject or ​fact when ​judging something ​else: You've got to consider the ​timeelement when ​planning the ​wholeproject. [+ question word] If you consider howlong he's been ​learning the ​piano, he's not very good.

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  • consider verb (OPINION)

B2 [T often + obj + (to be) + noun/adj] to ​believe someone or something to be, or ​think of him, her, or it as something: He is ​currently considered (to be) the ​best British ​athlete. We don't consider her to be ​right for the ​job. [passive + obj + to infinitive ] It is considered ​badmanners in some ​cultures to ​speak with ​yourmouthfull of ​food. I consider myselflucky that I only ​hurt my ​arm in the ​accident. Do you consider him a ​friend of yours? [+ (that)] She considers (that) she has done enough to ​help already.be highly/well considered to be very much ​admired: I don't like her ​books, but I ​know she's very ​highly considered.
(Definition of consider from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consider" in American English

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considerverb [T]

 us   /kənˈsɪd·ər/
  • consider verb [T] (THINK ABOUT)

to ​think about a ​particularsubject or thing or about doing something or about whether to do something: Consider Clara Barton, who ​founded the American ​RedCross. We considered ​moving to California, but ​decided not to. [+ question word] We have to consider what to do next.
  • consider verb [T] (CARE ABOUT)

to ​care about or ​respect: Before ​raising the ​admissionprices, consider the ​fans.
  • consider verb [T] (HAVE AN OPINION)

to ​believe to be; to ​think of as: What some ​people would consider a ​personalattack, Andy considers a ​friendlydiscussion.
(Definition of consider from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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