re·​think | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈthiŋk \
rethought\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈthȯt \; 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 , 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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While countless brick and mortar retailers have one by one had to shut down, or at least, rethink their in-store approach in recent years, Ikea hasn’t made much of a change so far. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Ikea’s first city-center store in the U.S. to open in Manhattan," 3 Dec. 2018 Including a wide variety of Asian models also forces consumers to rethink and expand their definition of beauty. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Why Are Beauty Ads Still Fetishizing Asian Women?," 17 Aug. 2018 Legislation aimed at rethinking sentencing was recently approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Opioid vs. Crack: Congress Reconsiders Its Approach to Drug Epidemic," 5 May 2018 And evangelicals concerned about their cultural significance beyond the Trump administration are rethinking their affiliation with the president. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump got a ‘do-over’ with white evangelicals. Will continuing Stormy Daniels news affect that?," 4 May 2018 In 2014, the, as the Stanford institute is known, sponsored a project in which undergraduates were tasked with rethinking what a college education will look like in 2025. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail," 16 Apr. 2018 There’s an urgent need to rethink how Californians live alongside areas that burn on a regular basis. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke blamed environmentalists for California’s massive wildfires. Again.," 21 Nov. 2018 Ismail Abdul-Hamid, a vice president with one of the finalists, KBK Enterprises, said his company had to rethink its approach after getting the news. Jacob Adelman,, "No parking: City tells developers eyeing jilted police HQ site in West Philly to leave lots alone," 16 May 2018 Overwhelmed by the wide world of decorating options, CeCe wanted my help in rethinking a few rooms in her Georgian house overlooking Audubon Park. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018

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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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