KANJI: KOU kanga (consider)

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Character Etymology:

A highly stylized ideograph showing a man with long hair combined with the radical that means twisting waterweed to yield the meaning of an old man bent and twisted with age. This meaning can still be found in Chinese.

The present-day meaning of consider is most likely an extension of the idea that there is wisdom contained within a man in such a condition.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: KOU
kun-yomi: kanga(eru) kanga(e)

Nanori Readings:

Nanori: taka

English Definitions:

  1. KOU: thought, consideration; research, treatise.
  2. kanga(eru): think, consider, believe, suspect; intend; expect, hope, fear; judge, conclude; imagine, suppose; regard as; ponder over; reconsider; invent.
  3. kanga(e): thought; idea; opinion; intention; discretion; consideration; deliberation; resolution, plan; expectation; imagination.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 4697
Henshall: 117

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Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

考え (kanga(e)kata): way of thinking; point of view; solution.
(koukogaku): archeology

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Con*sid"er (?), v. t. [imp. & p.p. Considered (?); p.pr. & vb.n. Considering.] [F. consid'erer, 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.]


To fix the mind on, with a view to a careful examination; to thank 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.


To look at attentively; to observe; to examine.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it. Prov. xxxi. 16.


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.


To estamate; to think; to regard; to view.

Considered as plays, his works are absurd. Macaulay.

⇒ 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.


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Con*sid"er, v. i.


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


To hesitate.

[Poetic & R.]



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