Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) judge or regard; look upon; judge
    I believe her to be very smart
    I think that he is her boyfriend
    The racist conceives such people to be inferior
  2. (verb, cognition) deem to be
    I consider her to be shallow
    I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do
  3. (verb, cognition) regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem
  4. (verb, cognition) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
    Consider the following case
  5. (verb, communication) think about carefully; weigh
    Turn the proposal over in your mind
  6. (verb, communication) show consideration for; take into account
    The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient
  7. (verb, perception) look at carefully; study mentally
  8. (verb, perception) look at attentively
  9. (verb, perception) give careful consideration to

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Consider

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. considerer, from L. considerare "to look at closely, observe," lit. "to observe the stars," from com- "with" + sidus (gen. sideris) "constellation." Perhaps a metaphor from navigation, but more likely reflecting Roman obsession with divination by astrology. Tucker doubts the connection with sidus, however, since it… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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