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.
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.
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.
⇒ 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.
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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.
'T were to consider too curiously, to consider so.
She wished she had taken a moment to consider, before rushing down stairs.
[Poetic & R.]
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