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thought

Definition of thought

  1. past and past participle of think




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thought

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noun \ˈthȯt\

Simple Definition of thought

  • : an idea, plan, opinion, picture, etc., that is formed in your mind : something that you think of

  • : the act or process of thinking

  • : the act of carefully thinking about the details of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of thought

  1. 1a :  the action or process of thinking :  cogitationb :  serious consideration :  regardc archaic :  recollection, remembrance

  2. 2a :  reasoning powerb :  the power to imagine :  conception

  3. 3 :  something that is thought: asa :  an individual act or product of thinkingb :  a developed intention or plan <had no thought of leaving home>c :  something (as an opinion or belief) in the mind <he spoke his thoughts freely>d :  the intellectual product or the organized views and principles of a period, place, group, or individual <contemporary Western thought>

a thought

  1. :  a little :  somewhat <a thought too much vinegar in the dressing>

Examples of thought in a sentence

  1. He could easily have held the audience for a one-hour answer that ranged from his thoughts on jazz to his soap-opera career playing gangsters … —Calvin Trillin, Nation, 28 May 2007

  2. thoughts expressed while sitting alone at the keyboard would be put more diplomatically—or go unmentioned—face to face. —Daniel Goleman, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2007

  3. Yes, well don't forget, sir, we're viewing this with twenty-twenty hindsight, but at the time no one gave a thought to geckos or what they ate—they were just another fact of life in the tropics. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, Harper's, April 1993

  4. My first thought was that something must have changed.

  5. The thought of leaving never crossed my mind.

  6. Do you have any thoughts about the subject?

  7. She abandoned all thoughts of going home.

  8. It was just a thought.

  9. She was lost in thought.

  10. She abandoned all thought of going home.

  11. They should have put more thought into the proposal.

  12. While you're enjoying the holidays, you should spare a thought for those who are less fortunate.

  13. He has no thought for anyone but himself.



Origin and Etymology of thought

Middle English, from Old English thōht; akin to Old English thencan to think — more at think


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of thought

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed <innovative ideas> <my idea of paradise>. concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be <a society with no concept of private property>. conception is often interchangeable with concept ; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result <our changing conception of what constitutes art>. thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining <commit your thoughts to paper>. notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental <you have the oddest notions>. impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses <the first impression is of soaring height>.

Rhymes with thought



THOUGHT Defined for Kids

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thought

play

Definition of thought for Students

  1. past and past participle of think




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thought

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noun \ˈthȯt\

Definition of thought for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of thinking <She was deep in thought.>

  2. 2 :  something (as an idea or opinion) formed in the mind <What are your thoughts on the matter?>

  3. 3 :  serious attention <Give thought to the future.>




Medical Dictionary

thought

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noun \ˈthȯt\

Medical Definition of thought

  1. 1a:  the action or process of thinkingb:  serious consideration

  2. 2a:  reasoning powerb:  the power to imagine :  conception

  3. 3:  something that is thought: asa:  an individual act or product of thinkingb:  a developed intention or plan <he had no thought of leaving home>c:  something (as an opinion or belief) in the mind <she spoke her thoughts freely>d:  the intellectual product or the organized views and principles of a period, place, group, or individual





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