Meaning of “consider” in the English Dictionary

"consider" in English

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uk /kənˈsɪd.ər/ us /kənˈsɪd.ɚ/

consider verb (POSSIBILITY)

B1 [ I or T ] to spend time thinking 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 particular subject or fact when judging something else:

You've got to consider the time element when planning the whole project.
[ + question word ] If you consider how long 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.
I consider myself lucky 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)

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considerverb [ T ]

us /kənˈsɪd·ər/

consider verb [ T ] (THINK ABOUT)

to think about a particular subject or thing or about doing something or about whether to do something:

Consider Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross.
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 admission prices, consider the fans.

consider verb [ T ] (HAVE AN OPINION)

to believe to be; to think of as:

What some people would consider a personal attack, Andy considers a friendly discussion.

(Definition of “consider” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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We must be specific about what compliance we are expecting of the tyrant within a timeframe that the inspectors consider reasonable.
We consider it as a joint objective.
If we are to discuss the question of political boundaries, of political responsibility, then we also need to consider who can tread this path alongside us.
I hope that everyone else who, later in the debate, discusses issues of life and death will also consider this aspect.
However, under no circumstances is it allowed for us to consider that it applies, but is not adhered to by those who do not like it, as is happening now.
Along with any reaction we choose, we consider support for global security, mutual trust, cooperation, consensus in international organisations, alliances and networks to be vital.
We can accept them in their entirety, as we consider that they improve the text of the common position and contribute towards achieving the goals set by the proposal.
In the long term, we must consider the welfare of the animals and create incentives to reduce the need for long-distance transport.
You quite rightly refer us to the decisions of the individual states, but we must also consider a number of general criteria such as employment.
We should also consider whether in certain cases it is appropriate to turn to temporary contracts or some type of externalisation.

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