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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Be open to change within your organizations and constantly rethink conventional wisdom. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Buades, the Catholic priest, says Europe should explore policies that favor legal migration while rethinking the overall asylum system and the treatment of arrivals. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe," 29 June 2018 United have brought Fred in this summer and competition for places in midfield will be tougher, a factor that could see Pogba rethink his future at the club., "Jose Mourinho Wants France International and Man Utd Star Paul Pogba to Sack Agent Mino Raiola," 27 June 2018 Here's to rethinking what the super slick summer bob would—or should—be. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Beauty Tricks to Steal from the Mens Runways, From Glitter Bangs to Straight Edge Bobs," 25 June 2018 The increased cost of gas could cause some travelers to rethink their travel plans, GasBuddy petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Gasoline prices approach three-year high as oil gets more expensive," 13 Apr. 2018 The Federal Reserve is picking up signs that the trade war is causing businesses to rethink investment plans. Author: Paul Wiseman, Josh Boakap, Anchorage Daily News, "US-China trade war elevates the risks to the global economy," 7 July 2018 The Federal Reserve is already picking up signs that the threat of a trade war is causing businesses to rethink investment plans. NBC News, "China says it must 'counterattack' after U.S. tariff hike officially takes effect," 6 July 2018 At the rate the Cheetah robots are progressing, whoever’s wielding that stick might want to rethink pushing these adorably frightening, or frighteningly adorable, robots around. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can run up stairs without watching its steps," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of rethink

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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11 Nov 2018

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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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