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think

verb \ ˈthiŋk \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of think

thought play \ˈthȯt\; thinking
transitive verb
1 :to form or have in the mind
2 :to have as an intention
  • thought to return early
3 a :to have as an opinion
  • think it's so
b :to regard as :consider
  • think the rule unfair
4 a :to reflect on :ponder
  • think the matter over
b :to determine by reflecting
  • think what to do next
5 :to call to mind :remember
  • He never thinks to ask how we are.
6 :to devise by thinking usually used with up
  • thought up a plan to escape
7 :to have as an expectation :anticipate
  • We didn't think we'd have any trouble.
8 a :to center one's thoughts on
  • talks and thinks business
b :to form a mental picture of
9 :to subject to the processes of logical thought
  • think things out
intransitive verb
1 a :to exercise the powers of judgment, conception, or inference :reason
b :to have in the mind or call to mind a thought
2 a :to have the mind engaged in reflection :meditate
b :to consider the suitability
  • thought of her for president
3 :to have a view or opinion
  • thinks of himself as a poet
4 :to have concern usually used with of
  • I must think first of my family.
5 :to consider something likely :suspect
  • may happen sooner than you think

thinker

noun
think better of
:to reconsider and make a wiser decision
think much of
:to view with satisfaction :approve usually used in negative constructions
  • I didn't think much of the new car.

Examples of think in a Sentence

  1. We may finish sooner than you think.

  2. You should relax and try to think pleasant thoughts.

  3. I was just thinking what it would be like to be a doctor.

  4. I dread to think how he will react.

  5. Why do you always think the worst?

  6. Just think how nice it would be to live here.

  7. Just think—in two days we'll be on vacation, lying on the beach.

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Origin and Etymology of think

Middle English thenken, from Old English thencan; akin to Old High German denken to think, Latin tongēre to know — more at thanks

think Synonyms

Synonyms
allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, believe
Related Words
regard, view; accept, perceive; depend, rely, trust; assume, presume, presuppose, surmise; conclude, deduce, infer
Near Antonyms
distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, suspect; disbelieve, discredit, reject

Synonym Discussion of think

think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection.
    • I just thought of a good joke
conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design.
    • conceived of a new marketing approach
imagine stresses a visualization.
    • imagine you're at the beach
fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires.
    • fancied himself a super athlete
realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined.
    • realized the enormity of the task ahead
envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed.
    • envisaged a totally computerized operation
    • envisioned a cure for the disease
think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions.
    • teaches students how to think
cogitate implies deep or intent thinking.
    • cogitated on the mysteries of nature
reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind.
    • reflecting on fifty years of married life
reason stresses consecutive logical thinking.
    • able to reason brilliantly in debate
speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic.
    • speculated on the fate of the lost explorers
deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision.
    • the jury deliberated for five hours

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think

noun

Definition of think

:an act of thinking
  • He has to make up his mind, in a deep, hard think, whether he really believes that philanthropy is worth while.
  • —Jerome Ellison
  • … returned home for a rest and a good think.
  • —Richard Corliss
  • If he thinks he can fool me, he has another think coming. [=he is wrong]

Examples of think in a Sentence

  1. I'd have another think about doing that if I were you.

  2. Feel free to have a good think about it before you say yes.

Recent Examples of think from the Web

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First Known Use of think

1834


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think

adjective

Definition of think

:relating to, requiring, or stimulating thinking

First Known Use of think

1890


THINK Defined for English Language Learners

think

verb

Definition of think for English Language Learners

  • : to believe that something is true, that a particular situation exists, that something will happen, etc.

  • : to have an opinion about someone or something

  • : to form or have (a particular thought) in your mind


think

noun

Definition of think for English Language Learners

  • : an act of thinking about something


THINK Defined for Kids

think

verb \ ˈthiŋk \

Definition of think for Students

thought \ˈthȯt\; thinking
1 :to have as an opinion or belief
  • I think you can do it.
2 :to form or have in the mind
  • We were afraid to even think what had happened.
3 :remember 1
  • I didn't think to ask.
4 :to use the power of the mind to understand, find out, or decide
  • You're just not thinking.
5 :to consider for some time :ponder
  • I'm still thinking it over.
6 :to invent something by thinking
  • She tried to think up an excuse.
7 :to hold a strong feeling
  • They think highly of you.
8 :to have as a plan
  • I think I'll call first.
9 :to care about
  • I must think first of my family.

thinker

noun


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