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Main Entry: con·sid·er
Pronunciation: k&n-'si-d&r
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): con·sid·ered; con·sid·er·ing /-d(&-)ri[ng]/
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>
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>.

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\&\ as a and u in  abut
\&\ as e in kitten
\&r\ as ur and er in  further
\a\ as a in ash
\A\ as a in ace
\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
\E\ as ea in easy
\g\ as g in go
\i\ as i in hit
I\ as i in ice
\j\ as j in job
\[ng]\ as ng in sing
\O\ as o in go
\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
\zh\ as si in vision
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