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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After all that listening, Carson and his team put together a list of goals for HUD that included: 1) reimagining HUD, 2) restoring the American dream, and 3) rethinking American communities. Vanessa Brown Calder, National Review, "Ben Carson’s HUD Clocks Disappointing First Year," 10 Jan. 2018 After that, the Padres’ third-year skipper will have to start rethinking his rotation. Jeff Sanders,, "Padres' Jordan Lyles 'sharp' in sim game as he nears return," 14 July 2018 The rate of people severely injured or killed in traffic accidents nationwide has tumbled by about two-thirds since officials there started rethinking the problem two decades ago. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Sweden May Hold the Secret to Reducing Traffic Deaths," 26 June 2018 If the walkout goes into the weekend, Richmond might start to rethink her strategy into more of a food pantry box with non-perishables. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Teachers and volunteers are making sure 600,000 students don’t go hungry during walkout," 25 Apr. 2018 The Houston region and its leaders must rethink what flood mitigation means and how to accomplish it, a report released this week by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium argued. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Chart: How inadequate flood funding has left many Houston watersheds behind," 6 Apr. 2018 Finally, San Francisco has started rethinking its monuments to a past that was never all that halcyon. Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Phelan Street honors a racist, so it might be time to name it for Frida Kahlo," 16 Mar. 2018 The government has, belatedly, started to rethink its policies. The Economist, "Why Japanese houses have such limited lifespans," 15 Mar. 2018 Some pundits started to rethink their predictions of a blue wave; some progressives started to reread the FAQs for immigrating to Canada. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Just Flipped Their 35th State Legislative Seat," 7 Feb. 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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