consider
verb (considered; considering) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French considerer, from Latin considerare to observe, think about, from com- + sider-, sidus heavenly body Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to think about carefully: as a. to think of especially with regard to taking some action <
is considering you for the job
>
<
considered moving to the city
>
b. to take into account <
defendant's age must be considered
>
2. to regard or treat in an attentive or kindly way <
he considered her every wish
>
3. to gaze on steadily or reflectively 4. to come to judge or classify <
consider thrift essential
>
5. regard <
his works are well considered abroad
>
6. suppose intransitive verb reflect, deliberate <
paused a moment to consider
>
Synonyms: consider, study, contemplate, weigh mean to think about in order to arrive at a judgment or decision. consider may suggest giving thought to in order to reach a suitable conclusion, opinion, or decision <
refused even to consider my proposal
>
. study implies sustained purposeful concentration and attention to details and minutiae <
study the plan closely
>
. contemplate stresses focusing one's thoughts on something but does not imply coming to a conclusion or decision <
contemplate the consequences of refusing
>
. weigh implies attempting to reach the truth or arrive at a decision by balancing conflicting claims or evidence <
weigh the pros and cons of the case
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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