Definition of thought
past and past participle of think
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
Full Definition of thought
2a : reasoning powerb : the power to imagine : conception
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 little : somewhat <a thought too much vinegar in the dressing>
Examples of thought
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
… 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
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
My first thought was that something must have changed.
The thought of leaving never crossed my mind.
Do you have any thoughts about the subject?
She abandoned all thoughts of going home.
It was just a thought.
She was lost in thought.
She abandoned all thought of going home.
They should have put more thought into the proposal.
While you're enjoying the holidays, you should spare a thought for those who are less fortunate.
He has no thought for anyone but himself.
Origin 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
Medical Definition of thought
1a: the action or process of thinkingb: serious consideration
2a: reasoning powerb: the power to imagine : conception
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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