re·​think (ˌ)rē-ˈthiŋk How to pronounce rethink (audio)
rethought (ˌ)rē-ˈthȯt How to pronounce rethink (audio) ; rethinking

transitive verb

: to think about again : reconsider

intransitive verb

: to engage in reconsideration
ˈrē-ˌthiŋk How to pronounce rethink (audio)
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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Rethink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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re·​think rē-ˈthiŋk How to pronounce rethink (audio)
rethought -ˈthȯt How to pronounce rethink (audio) ; rethinking
: to think about again : reconsider

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