Etymology
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consider (v.)

late 14c., "to fix the mind upon for careful examination, meditate upon," also "view attentively, scrutinize; not to be negligent of," from Old French considerer (13c.) "reflect on, consider, study," from Latin considerare "to look at closely, observe," probably literally "to observe the stars," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + sidus (genitive sideris) "heavenly body, star, constellation" (see sidereal).

Perhaps a metaphor from navigation, but more likely reflecting Roman obsession with divination by astrology. Tucker doubts the connection with sidus, however, because it is "quite inapplicable to desiderare," and suggests derivation instead from the PIE root of English side meaning "stretch, extend," and a sense for the full word of "survey on all sides" or "dwell long upon."

From 1530s as "to regard in a particular light." Related: Considered; considering.

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Definitions of consider

consider (v.)
deem to be;
I consider her to be shallow
Synonyms: see / reckon / view / regard
consider (v.)
give careful consideration to;
consider the possibility of moving
Synonyms: study
consider (v.)
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes;
Synonyms: take / deal / look at
consider (v.)
show consideration for; take into account;
The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient
You must consider her age
Synonyms: count / weigh
consider (v.)
think about carefully; weigh;
They considered the possibility of a strike
Synonyms: debate / moot / turn over / deliberate
consider (v.)
judge or regard; look upon; judge;
Synonyms: think / believe / conceive
consider (v.)
look at attentively;
Synonyms: regard
consider (v.)
look at carefully; study mentally;
Synonyms: view / look at
consider (v.)
regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem;
Please consider your family
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