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  • Verb

consider

kuhn-SID-er

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I really have to consider or think deeply about whether I want to move to the country. I must consider or look at this very carefully since I don’t want to make a big mistake. One of the reasons, however, that I’m considering or really thinking about moving to the country is that there are no trees or birds where I live. I am also considering or thinking a lot about moving to the country because Martians have taken over some parts of my city, and what if they get my house?

Quiz: If you have to consider something that someone has said, what must you do?

  • You must think pretty hard about it.
  • You must ignore it since it is probably a silly suggestion of some kind.
  • You must answer it quickly.
Definition

Memory Hook
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On Spider! I am considering putting a spider on my teacher's head, even though I know I might get in trouble for doing so--should I do it or not?

Examples
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  • Kapugen considered the bounty the gussaks’ way of deciding that the amaroqs could not live on this earth anymore. —Julie of the Wolves
  • We must consider, for a moment, what had occurred with the rat and the serving girl and the princess down in the dungeon before Despereaux made his way to them. —The Tale of Despereaux

Word Ingredients
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con- thoroughly
sider star

The word consider originally meant to “thoroughly” observe or watch the “stars,” which were often thought to provide hints as to future events if gazed upon for a long enough time (which is what astrology is all about). Eventually the word came to mean thinking over a problem, idea or issue very carefully before coming to a decision.

Word Theater
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Bill Nye the Science Guy Consider carefully how Bill Nye's model of a floating fish acts like a real fish!
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Word Constellation
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Word Variants
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considerate adj polite; taking other people's feelings into account
consideration n the act of thinking about something