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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There is something magic about the 50% number that causes people to rethink their finances. Jared Dillian, Twin Cities, "Jared Dillian: High-tax states are practicing financial destruction," 11 July 2019 In a time when citizens are rethinking what constitutes a memorial that should remain standing, a mom saw the need for the site where her child was killed by an Ohio police officer to be defined as such. Darcel Rockett,, "Tamir Rice Gazebo Memorial reconstructed with help from Rebuild Foundation: ‘For every Tamir that we know, there’s probably 20 or 30 that we don’t’," 1 July 2019 But there’s little reason for Harris to rethink her intensive focus on South Carolina. Bob Moser, The New Yorker, "The High Stakes for Kamala Harris in the South Carolina Primary," 26 June 2019 The move comes after officials in the prefecture of Osaka rethought their ban on devices in schools last year. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Earthquakes are making Japan think twice about banning smartphones in schools," 23 June 2019 The leadership change comes as stock pickers across the industry are rethinking their businesses to stem the tide of money flowing into cheaper index funds. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "BlackRock Splits Leadership Roles at European Stock-Picking Unit," 13 June 2019 The backlash is making them rethink their approach. The Economist, "Electric-scooter startups are becoming more cautious," 8 June 2019 Trump’s win in 2016 has caused many conservatives to rethink their political priorities entirely, and left those who haven’t behind. Jane Coaston, Vox, "David French vs. Sohrab Ahmari and the battle dividing conservatives, explained," 5 June 2019 This hefty price-tag, comparable to a wine tasting, urges consumers to rethink the value of a precious resource that many of us take for granted. National Geographic, "," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of rethink

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of rethink was in 1509

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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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