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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The women behind The Wing, Outdoor Voices, Birchbox, and other startups share stories of taking meetings from the hospital and rethinking parental leave. Fortune, "11 Female CEOs and Founders on What It’s Really Like to Have a Baby While Running Your Company," 14 Aug. 2019 Slow down Big public works like the Maya Train take patience, careful planning, thinking and rethinking. Gabriel Diaz Montemayor, The Conversation, "Mexico wants to run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland — should it?," 13 Aug. 2019 That could require rethinking the Second Amendment, possibly by appointing judges who interpret it differently — an inversion of the NRA’s campaign to portray gun ownership as an individual right. German Lopez, Vox, "Here’s where every 2020 candidate stands on guns," 7 Aug. 2019 Investors rethinking industry But for some investors, that distinction matters less and less. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "Private prisons were supposed to thrive under Trump -- then came a backlash," 29 July 2019 Challenges include finding the money (certainly many millions of dollars), overcoming the engineering obstacles in burying a roadway, and rethinking traffic flows around downtown, especially for emergency vehicles. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit needs to put stretch of Jefferson underground for more walkable downtown," 27 July 2019 Like others, Dipasquale also said the district should rethink its spending priorities, such as buying laptops for elementary schools, and find more to put toward teacher salaries. Leslie Postal,, "Votes on controversial Orange teacher contract to be counted Monday," 26 July 2019 It’s time to take stock and rethink outdated habits and behaviors. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Cancer, It's Time To Feel The Love! Here Are July 2019 Horoscopes For All," 1 July 2019 The wildest design came on the Canyon Grail in the form of its CP07 cockpit, which completely rethinks drop handlebar design to add more hand positions and vibration damping. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "What We Learned From Our 2019 Bike Test," 25 June 2019

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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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