\ˈthiŋk \
thought\ˈthȯt \; thinking

Definition of think 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to form or have in the mind

2 : to have as an intention thought to return early

3a : to have as an opinion think it's so

b : to regard as : consider think the rule unfair

4a : to reflect on : ponder think the matter over

b : to determine by reflecting think what to do next

5 : to call to mind : remember He never thinks to ask how we are.

6 : to devise by thinking usually used with up thought up a plan to escape

7 : to have as an expectation : anticipate We didn't think we'd have any trouble.

8a : to center one's thoughts on talks and thinks business

b : to form a mental picture of

9 : to subject to the processes of logical thought think things out

intransitive verb

1a : to exercise the powers of judgment, conception, or inference : reason

b : to have in the mind or call to mind a thought

2a : to have the mind engaged in reflection : meditate

b : to consider the suitability thought of her for president

3 : to have a view or opinion thinks of himself as a poet

4 : to have concern usually used with of I must think first of my family.

5 : to consider something likely : suspect may happen sooner than you think

think better of

: to reconsider and make a wiser decision

think much of

: to view with satisfaction : approve usually used in negative constructions I didn't think much of the new car.



Definition of think (Entry 2 of 3)

: an act of thinking He has to make up his mind, in a deep, hard think, whether he really believes that philanthropy is worth while.— Jerome Ellison … returned home for a rest and a good think.— Richard Corliss If he thinks he can fool me, he has another think coming. [=he is wrong]



Definition of think (Entry 3 of 3)

: relating to, requiring, or stimulating thinking

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Other Words from think


thinker noun

Synonyms for think

Synonyms: Verb

allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], believe, conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose

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think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection. I just thought of a good joke conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design. conceived of a new marketing approach imagine stresses a visualization. imagine you're at the beach fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires. fancied himself a super athlete realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined. realized the enormity of the task ahead envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed. envisaged a totally computerized operation envisioned a cure for the disease

think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions. teaches students how to think cogitate implies deep or intent thinking. cogitated on the mysteries of nature reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind. reflecting on fifty years of married life reason stresses consecutive logical thinking. able to reason brilliantly in debate speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic. speculated on the fate of the lost explorers deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision. the jury deliberated for five hours

Examples of think in a Sentence


We may finish sooner than you think. You should relax and try to think pleasant thoughts. I was just thinking what it would be like to be a doctor. I dread to think how he will react. Why do you always think the worst? Just think how nice it would be to live here. Just think—in two days we'll be on vacation, lying on the beach.


I'd have another think about doing that if I were you. Feel free to have a good think about it before you say yes.
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In less exclusive, densely populated regions, the only remaining virgin land is often steeply sloping parcels that were previously thought unbuildable. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "Luxury Living Off the Edge of a Mountain," 21 Nov. 2018 Not only are the savings huge, but Cathay's service is also worth raving about—think food by top Hong Kong chefs, and free champagne in premium economy. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cathay Pacific's Black Friday Sale Saves You $1,000 On Business Class," 20 Nov. 2018 Rapidly rotating Wolf-Rayet stars are thought to give rise to long gamma ray bursts, in part because the heat of the core and their rapid rotation leave them on the cusp of bursting apart. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists spot two massive stars creating a pinwheel of dust," 20 Nov. 2018 Though some fans aren’t thrilled with her portrayal of the character that was formerly played by Molly Ephraim, there are plenty of supporters out there who think McCook is doing just fine. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Shut Down Molly McCook's Haters After Recast Drama," 29 Oct. 2018 Some scientists think that Lemierre syndrome may develop when bacteria invades a person’s mucosa, which is the membrane that lines various parts of the body, GARD says. Korin Miller, SELF, "A 23-Year-Old College Student Died From Lemierre Syndrome, a Rare Infection She Thought Was Tonsillitis," 6 Nov. 2018 Just think of the pervasive pop culture examples: Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada is one of the most famous, a fearsome leader whose abusive behavior people tolerate or look past in light of her expertise, brilliance, and power. Jessica Press, Redbook, "Women Need to Know They Don't Have to Take Bullying in the Workplace," 19 Sep. 2018 Democrats are often thought to be tech-savvy, because the Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012 were celebrated for their online touch and because much of Silicon Valley backs the party’s candidates. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 Gary Weichselbaum, the Beth Am layperson who's planning this service, thinks having three local Conservative synagogues participate in this program strengthens the community. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Temples plan observances of Tisha B'Av, saddest day in Jewish history," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of think


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1834, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for think


Middle English thenken, from Old English thencan; akin to Old High German denken to think, Latin tongēre to know — more at thanks

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English Language Learners Definition of think

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to believe that something is true, that a particular situation exists, that something will happen, etc.

: to have an opinion about someone or something

: to form or have (a particular thought) in your mind



English Language Learners Definition of think (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of thinking about something


\ˈthiŋk \
thought\ˈthȯt \; thinking

Kids Definition of think

1 : to have as an opinion or belief I think you can do it.

2 : to form or have in the mind We were afraid to even think what had happened.

3 : remember sense 1 I didn't think to ask.

4 : to use the power of the mind to understand, find out, or decide You're just not thinking.

5 : to consider for some time : ponder I'm still thinking it over.

6 : to invent something by thinking She tried to think up an excuse.

7 : to hold a strong feeling They think highly of you.

8 : to have as a plan I think I'll call first.

9 : to care about I must think first of my family.

Other Words from think

thinker noun

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