AskDefine | Define consider

Dictionary Definition



1 deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do" [syn: see, reckon, view, regard]
2 give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving" [syn: study]
3 take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case" [syn: take, deal, look at]
4 show consideration for; take into account; "You must consider her age"; "The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient" [syn: count, weigh]
5 think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind" [syn: debate, moot, turn over, deliberate]
6 judge or regard; look upon; judge; "I think he is very smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he is her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be inferior" [syn: think, believe, conceive]
7 look at attentively [syn: regard]
8 look at carefully; study mentally; "view a problem" [syn: view, look at]
9 regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem; "Please consider your family"

User Contributed Dictionary



From consideren, from considérer, originally from considerare.



  1. To think about seriously.
    Consider that we've had three major events and the year has hardly begun.
  2. To think of doing.
    I'm considering going to the beach tomorrow.
  3. To assign some quality to.
    Consider yourself lucky, but consider your opponent skillful.
    I considered the pie undercooked.
  4. To look at attentively.
    She sat there for a moment, considering him.
  5. To take up as an example.
    Consider a triangle having three equal sides.
  6. transitive parliamentary procedure To debate or dispose of a motion
    This body will now consider the proposed amendments to Section 453 of the zoning code.''

Usage notes

To think about seriously
To think of doing
To assign some quality to

Extensive Definition

Perspective in theory of cognition is the choice of a context or a reference (or the result of this choice) from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience, cohesively forming a coherent belief, typically for comparing with another. One may further recognize a number of subtly distinctive meanings, close to those of paradigm, point of view, reality tunnel, umwelt, or weltanschauung.
To choose a perspective is to choose a value system and, unavoidably, an associated belief system. When we look at a business perspective, we are looking at a monetary base values system and beliefs. When we look at a human perspective, it is a more social value system and its associated beliefs.

Point of view

Cognitive perspective refers to the aspect being looked from. It differs from the narrative point of view. If you are talking from your point of view, you would talk about what you want, need or feel like. To get a person to do something, it is much better to talk from the other person's point of view. That includes talking about what is in it for the other person. Talking about it in terms of what is good for the other person and what they will get in return, while afterwards talking about what you want the person to do.
In social psychology you would talk in terms of the other person's point of view when soliciting or motivating the other person to do something for you. Being able to see the other person's point of view is one of Henry Fords advice towards being successful in business. "If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own".
In conflict resolution a technique of using "I", "me", "my" language encourages the person to talk from their own point of view. This helps to get the antagonist to better understand the speakers feelings, needs, experiences circumventing the need for discussion. Talking about your own point of view brings it up on the other person to be more understanding and cooperative. Since it takes effort to see the situation from another persons point of view, the opponent is disarmed unless they are willing to put in the extra effort or are sincerely interested in being helpful. This is the opposite of solicitation because in soliciting the speaker is the one offering their services.

See also

consider in Danish: Synsvinkel
consider in Modern Greek (1453-): Προοπτική (γλώσσα)
consider in French: Point de vue cognitif
consider in Dutch: Gezichtspunt
consider in Norwegian: POV
consider in Polish: Pogląd
consider in Portuguese: Perspectiva (cognitiva)
consider in Russian: Точка зрения

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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