brain·​storm·​ing | \ ˈbrān-ˌstȯr-miŋ How to pronounce brainstorming (audio) \
plural brainstormings

Definition of brainstorming

: a group problem-solving technique that involves the spontaneous contribution of ideas from all members of the group conducted several brainstorming sessions also : the mulling over of ideas by one or more individuals in an attempt to devise or find a solution to a problem … he's already done some brainstorming about new marketing strategies. — George Lazarus

Examples of brainstorming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your product doesn’t have a differentiator, do some brainstorming and come up with one to gain an edge over your competitors. Tyler Gallagher, Rolling Stone, 25 Feb. 2022 Or a solution may only emerge as a byproduct of collective brainstorming or the sharing of ideas. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Since that initial brainstorming session, the show has evolved. Britt Julious,, 2 Dec. 2021 Originally, Dorsey named it Squirrel, inspired by a critter that dashed across the road after a brainstorming session that hatched the company. Steven Levy, Wired, 1 Dec. 2021 Instead, involve people in your brainstorming process from the first step. Christie Garcia, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Offering a combination of education, brainstorming, peer support and accountability, mastermind groups are ideal environments for learning from others while sharpening both business and personal skills. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 After the news broke, the lightning-fast brainstorming and collaboration that marks the best days in a newsroom started. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Nov. 2021 Part of that brainstorming resulted in members of said branch talking about why that film means a lot to that branch. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brainstorming

1907, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2022

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“Brainstorming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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