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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An economic downturn or a defeat for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party in next year’s elections could potentially force a rethink in the decision. Alex Ward, Vox, "Japan plans to purchase nearly 150 F-35 fighter jets from the US," 12 Dec. 2018 One outcome could be the CUP deputies being forced to rethink their decision to abstain. Esteban Duarte,, "Catalan Separatists Face Reality Check After Puigdemont Detained," 25 Mar. 2018 As CEO of Accenture, Pierre Nanterme pushed the global consulting company to expand rapidly, acquire outside talent and rethink its mission over the past eight years. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Pierre Nanterme Pushed Accenture to Rethink Its Mission in Consulting," 6 Feb. 2019 But in recent years, the doctrine has become so worn that even Sandberg herself has been rethinking it. Aja Romano, Vox, "Michelle Obama “leans in” better than anyone. She just rejected the idea that it works.," 3 Dec. 2018 It’s time to stop and rethink this whole social media birthday etiquette. Carl Kelsch, Marie Claire, "Facebook Birthday Wishes Are Offensive," 23 Nov. 2018 Initially interested in solar power as a mechanical engineer, Ronald Reagan's election in 1981 made her rethink solar viability. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Nobels in Chemistry Made Evolution Work For Us," 3 Oct. 2018 The National Association of Professional Firemen and the Professional Firemen's Trade Union issued a joint statement saying that the government's recent reorganization of firefighting capabilities need to be reassessed and rethought. Barry Hatton, Fox News, "Wildfires torment Portugal, Spain as France feels the heat," 7 Aug. 2018 Later, CEO Elon Musk would reveal that the gap was mostly caused by over-reliance on automation, and the months since have involved rethinking the entire Model 3 production process on the fly. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Agility, Persistence, and Pain Behind Tesla’s Model 3 Manufacturing Turnaround," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of rethink

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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