re·​think | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈthiŋk How to pronounce rethink (audio) \
rethought\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈthȯt How to pronounce rethink (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 Among other things, killing Americans could prompt the Biden administration to rethink the withdrawal, which already is highly unpopular among many Republicans. Robert Burns, ajc, "Pentagon preparing for Taliban attacks during US withdrawal," 30 Apr. 2021 Many actors and artists, musicians and fans have used this pause to rethink their industries and their art forms, from how people are paid to how big institutions wield their power. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "Minnesota artists gear up for pandemic comeback: 'I will not take you for granted'," 30 Apr. 2021 But the recent incidents of property damage to businesses in downtown has prompted her to rethink that plan. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Downtown Portland businesses reeling, again, after latest spate of vandalism," 29 Apr. 2021 Think, or if La Gata and her whinnying cohorts have something to say in all this, rethink racing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thoroughbred retirement farm rethinks debate about horse racing and its stars," 29 Apr. 2021 Today, competition from China is pushing both Republicans and Democrats to rethink offshoring and invest in research and development at home. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, "The Coming Revolution in the American Economy," 29 Apr. 2021 On top of his social welfare package and healthcare ideas, Biden implored Congress on Wednesday to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and rethink immigration. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "100 days: Facing uphill fights with Congress, Biden expected to turn to his pen," 29 Apr. 2021 Understand that, due to the pandemic, organizations must rethink where their risks lie and revisit their overall security strategies. Pritesh Parekh, Forbes, "Adjusting To The New Norm: How Remote Work Impacts IT Security," 28 Apr. 2021 People might switch their careers, rethink their friend groups, and cement — or get out of — their romantic relationships. Mirel Zaman,, "Are Saturn Returns Real?," 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rethink

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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5 May 2021

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“Rethink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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