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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Recent Examples on the Web The cocktail revolution started in the ’90s when a handful of bartenders across the country began rethinking their craft. Lou Bustamante,, "The craft cocktail revolution is over. Where does it go from here?," 8 Nov. 2019 Warren was a Republican until the 1990s when her academic work as a bankruptcy-law expert led her to rethink how the economic system should function. oregonlive, "‘She’s going to hurt me’: Democratic Wall Street donors threaten to back Donald Trump if Elizabeth Warren heads party," 27 Sep. 2019 But keeping up with that boys club was ultimately not for Chicago and the whole experience led her to rethink the nature of her work. Los Angeles Times, "Judy Chicago says, ‘I was being erased’ from Southern California art history," 6 Sep. 2019 After enduring the death of her beloved mother in a freak accident, Emi begins to rethink her life and her heritage. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘Hot Asian Doctor Husband’ really funny, but needs streamlining," 18 Aug. 2019 Before his assassination, Kennedy had already begun to rethink the America-first nature of the space program. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Half a century after Apollo, why haven’t we been back to the Moon?," 19 July 2019 Still, states ravaged by painkiller overdose deaths began to rethink marijuana, leading several to legalize marijuana for medical use. Carla K. Johnson,, "Medical marijuana laws are no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds," 11 June 2019 Still, states ravaged by painkiller overdose deaths began to rethink marijuana, leading several to legalize pot for medical use. Carla K. Johnson, The Denver Post, "Medical pot laws no answer for U.S. opioid deaths, study says," 10 June 2019 Still, states ravaged by opioid overdose deaths began to rethink the role of marijuana, leading several to legalize pot for medical use. Carla K. Johnson,, "Making medical marijuana legal does not prevent fatal opioid overdoses, study says," 10 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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11 Nov 2019

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“Rethink.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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