Consider Con*sid"er (k[o^]n*s[i^]d"[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Considered} (k[o^]n*s[i^]d"[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Considering}.] [F. consid['e]rer, L. considerare, -sideratum, to consider, view attentively, prob. fr. con- + sidus, sideris, star, constellation; orig., therefore, to look at the stars. See {Sidereal}, and cf. {Desire}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

I will consider thy testimonies. --Ps. cxix. 95. [1913 Webster]

Thenceforth to speculations high or deep I turned my thoughts, and with capacious mind Considered all things visible. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To look at attentively; to observe; to examine. [1913 Webster]

She considereth a field, and buyeth it. --Prov. xxxi. 16. [1913 Webster]

3. To have regard to; to take into view or account; to pay due attention to; to respect. [1913 Webster]

Consider, sir, the chance of war: the day Was yours by accident. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

England could grow into a posture of being more united at home, and more considered abroad. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

4. To estimate; to think; to regard; to view. [1913 Webster]

Considered as plays, his works are absurd. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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.'' --J. Hooker.

Syn: To ponder; weigh; revolve; study; reflect or meditate on; contemplate; examine. See {Ponder}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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