Used vs Considered - What's the difference?

used | considered |

As verbs the difference between used and considered

is that used is (use) while considered is (consider).

As an adjective used

is that is or has or have been used.




  • (use)
  • * 1948 , , North from Mexico / The Spanish-Speaking People of The United States , J. B. Lippincott Company, page 75
  • In 1866 Colonel J. F. Meline noted that the rebozo had almost disappeared in Santa Fe and that hoop skirts, on sale in the stores, were being widely used .
    You used me!
  • (intransitive, as an auxiliary verb, now only in past tense) to perform habitually; to be accustomed [to doing something]
  • He used to live here, but moved away last year.


    (en adjective)
  • That is or has or have been used.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}
  • That has or have previously been owned by someone else.
  • Familiar through use; usual; accustomed.
  • * 1965 , (Bob Dylan), (Like a Rolling Stone)
  • Nobody's ever taught you how to live out on the street and now you're gonna have to get used to it.


    * (having been used) * (previously owned by someone else) pre-owned, second-hand


    * (having been used) unused * (previously owned by someone else) new

    Derived terms

    * usedness * well-used

    See also

    * used to




    * English heteronyms




  • (consider)
  • Statistics




    Alternative forms

    * considre (archaic)


    (en verb)
  • (label) To think about seriously.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • Thenceforth to speculations high or deep / I turned my thoughts, and with capacious mind / Considered all things visible.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-03-15, volume=410, issue=8878, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Turn it off , passage=If the takeover is approved, Comcast would control 20 of the top 25 cable markets, […]. Antitrust officials will need to consider Comcast’s status as a monopsony (a buyer with disproportionate power), when it comes to negotiations with programmers, whose channels it pays to carry.}}
  • (label) To think of doing.
  • (label) To assign some quality to.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • Considered as plays, his works are absurd.
  • *
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Mother very rightly resented the slightest hint of condescension. She considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom,
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=‘I understand that the district was considered a sort of sanctuary,’ the Chief was saying. ‘An Alsatia like the ancient one behind the Strand, or the Saffron Hill before the First World War. […]’}}
  • (label) To look at attentively.
  • * Bible, (w) xxxi. 16
  • She considereth a field, and buyeth it.
  • (label) To take up as an example.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author= Sam Leith
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=37, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where the profound meets the profane , passage=Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.}}
  • To debate or dispose of a motion.
  • To have regard to; to take into view or account; to pay due attention to; to respect.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Consider , sir, the chance of war: the day / Was yours by accident.
  • * (1628–1699)
  • England could grow into a posture of being more united at home, and more considered abroad.

    Usage notes

    * In sense 2, this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See .


    * (think about seriously) bethink, reflect on * (think of doing) think of, bethink * (assign a quality) deem, regard, think of; see also * (look at closely) regard, observe * (debate a motion) deliberate, bethink * (include in an estimate or plan) take into account