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consider

verb uk   /kənˈsɪd.ər/ us    //

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 matter. [+ 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.Thinking and contemplating

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.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value

consider verb (CARE ABOUT)

C2 [T] to care about or respect other people or their feelings and wishes: Have you considered your mother and how she's going to feel about you leaving? She never considers anyone but herself - she's totally selfish!Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant

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 suitable for the job. [passive + obj + to infinitive ] It is considered bad manners in some cultures to speak with your mouth full of food. 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.Guessing, supposing and suspecting be highly/well considered to be very much admired: I've never enjoyed her books, but I know she's very highly considered.Liked, or not liked, by many people
(Definition of consider from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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