Meaning of “consideration” in the English Dictionary

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uk /kənˌsɪd.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ us /kənˌsɪd.əˈreɪ.ʃən/

consideration noun (CAREFUL THINKING)

B2 [ U ] the act of thinking about something carefully:

After some consideration, we've decided to sell the house.
The whole matter needs (to be given) careful consideration.

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consideration noun (SUBJECT/FACT)

B2 [ C or U ] a particular subject or fact that needs to be thought about when judging something:

Comfort/Safety is an important consideration.
take sth into consideration

to think carefully about a particular fact when deciding or judging something :

It may be fairly cheap to buy, but you've got to take into consideration the money you'll spend on repairs.

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(Definition of “consideration” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consideration" in American English

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us /kənˌsɪd·əˈreɪ·ʃən/

consideration noun (CARING ABOUT)

[ U ] the act, state, or quality of caring about or respecting:

He showed very little consideration for anyone but himself.

consideration noun (THINKING ABOUT)

[ C/U ] the particular subject or thing a person might think about or do something about:

[ C ] Financial considerations were a factor in the decision.
[ U ] You should take his youth into consideration before you punish him.

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

"consideration" in Business English

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uk /kənˌsɪdərˈeɪʃən/ us

[ C or U ] LAW in a contract, something with financial value that is given in exchange for something else, for example, a bank loan that is made in exchange for the borrower's promise to repay it:

From the wording of the agreement it was clear that the initial payment was part of the consideration.
A lack of consideration is one reason why a promise to do something may not be recognized as legally binding by a court of law.

[ C ] formal an amount of money as payment for a service:

He agreed to do the job for a small consideration.

(Definition of “consideration” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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