Con·sid·er v. t. [imp. & p. p. Considered p. pr. & vb. n. Considering.]
1. To fix the mind on, with a view to a careful examination; to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on.
I will consider thy testimonies. --Ps. cxix. 95.
Thenceforth to speculations high or deep
I turned my thoughts, and with capacious mind
Considered all things visible. --Milton.
2. To look at attentively; to observe; to examine.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it. --Prov. xxxi. 16.
3. To have regard to; to take into view or account; to pay due attention to; to respect.
Consider, sir, the chance of war: the day
Was yours by accident. --Shak.
England could grow into a posture of being more united at home, and more considered abroad. --Sir W. Temple.
4. To estimate; to think; to regard; to view.
Considered as plays, his works are absurd. --Macaulay.
Note: ☞ The proper sense of consider is often blended with an idea of the result of considering; as, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor.” --Ps. xli. 1.; i.e., considers with sympathy and pity. “Which [services] if I have not enough considered.” --Shak.; i.e., requited as the sufficient considering of them would suggest. “Consider him liberally.”
Syn: -- To ponder; weigh; revolve; study; reflect or meditate on; contemplate; examine. See Ponder.
Con·sid·er, v. i.
1. To think seriously; to make examination; to reflect; to deliberate.
We will consider of your suit. --Shak.
'T were to consider too curiously, to consider so. --Shak.
She wished she had taken a moment to consider, before rushing down stairs. --W. Black
2. To hesitate. [Poetic & R.]
v 1: deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I
consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation
quite as negatively as you do" [syn: see, reckon, view,
2: give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of
moving" [syn: study]
3: take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the
case of China"; "Consider the following case" [syn: take,
deal, look at]
4: show consideration for; take into account; "You must
consider her age"; "The judge considered the offender's
youth and was lenient" [syn: count, weigh]
5: think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the
possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your
mind" [syn: debate, moot, turn over, deliberate]
6: judge or regard; look upon; judge; "I think he is very
smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he
is her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be
inferior" [syn: think, believe, conceive]
7: look at attentively [syn: regard]
8: look at carefully; study mentally; "view a problem" [syn: view,
9: regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem;
"Please consider your family"