re·​think | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈthiŋk How to pronounce rethink (audio) \
rethought\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈthȯt How to pronounce rethought (audio) \; rethinking

Definition of rethink

transitive verb

: to think about again : reconsider

intransitive verb

: to engage in reconsideration

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Other Words from rethink

rethink \ ˈrē-​ˌthiŋk How to pronounce rethink (audio) , ˈrē-​ˈthiŋk \ noun
rethinker noun

Examples of rethink in a Sentence

You had better rethink your decision. The government is rethinking its policy. He took a moment to rethink.
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Recent Examples on the Web Read Arielle’s story about how Silicon Valley is rethinking the home office here. Wired Staff, Wired, "How Big Tech Is Setting the Work-From-Home Standard," 22 May 2020 After spending so much time indoors during the pandemic, many people may want to upgrade their living space by rethinking their home’s layout. Richard A. Marini,, "The post-coronavirus pandemic home will have more walls, more porches, more flex rooms and dedicated office areas, plus tiny houses for mom and dad," 18 May 2020 To rethink the meaning of one’s confines is a crucial survival tactic, and collaboratively doing so might even be a way of thriving. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Fiona Apple’s Survival Guide to Isolation," 17 Apr. 2020 As a result, researchers may need to rethink years of accepted knowledge. Quanta Magazine, "‘Radical Change’ Needed After Latest Neutron Star Collision," 20 Feb. 2020 Investors may want to use this type of analysis when picking stocks and bonds, regulators could use these inputs for surveying financial robustness, and boards may need to rethink their IT budgets. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Tech budgets offer a clue about which banks will survive the next financial crisis," 23 Jan. 2020 Route-setters may need to rethink their plans in light of the eventual finals line-up, though new design software to help them rework routes on screen is being tested. The Economist, "For Olympic climbing’s route-setters, a blank wall is a canvas," 18 Dec. 2019 For one thing, if the small, filled-in figures turn up in places that don't make sense for travel markers, then the researchers will need to rethink that explanation. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists found 143 more images among the Nazca Lines," 2 Dec. 2019 But investors closer to retirement may need to rethink their approach, says’s McBride. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Worried about a recession? Here’s how to prepare your retirement nest egg," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rethink

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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26 May 2020

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“Rethink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rethink

: to think carefully about (someone or something) again especially in order to change a choice or decision

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