Meaning of “consider” in the English Dictionary

"consider" in British 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.

More examples

  • Would you consider fostering a child?
  • The council is considering banning vehicles from the town centre to relieve congestion.
  • "Have you decided what to do?" "No, I'm still considering the various possibilities."
  • I considered applying to university, but I eventually decided to go to the local poly.
  • Have you ever considered a career in the police force?

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.

More examples

  • Let us consider the events of the last five months.
  • We need to consider this very serious issue in its totality.
  • We were going to paint the house ourselves, but when we considered the cost in time and effort, we decided to get a painter to do it for us.
  • He gave a slight shudder as he considered how near he had come to death.
  • He saw the theatre as a way of forcing people to consider social and political issues.

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)

"consider" in American English

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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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