think tank


Definition of think tank

: an institute, corporation, or group organized to study a particular subject (such as a policy issue or a scientific problem) and provide information, ideas, and advice an information technology think tank … was responsible for the armies of new political-action committees, lobbyists and rightward think tanks that poured into Washington to counter the consumer and environmental movements he helped to inspire.— Jonathan Rowe

Examples of think tank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Further, the Institute for the Study of War, a U.S.-based military think tank, said the Russians were pushed back dozens of kilometers by Ukrainian counteroffensives outside Kharkiv in recent days. Phil Mccausland, NBC news, 9 May 2022 Her speech at the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan U.S. think tank, comes one week before the world's finance ministers and central bank governors convene in Washington for the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group Spring Meetings. Fatima Hussein, ajc, 13 Apr. 2022 Jonathan Eyal, associate director at the Royal United Services Institute, a security and defense think tank in London, said the rebuilding of Russian intelligence networks should come as no surprise. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Arkansas has the second-most non-elderly adults in the nation with past-due medical debt, according to 2015 data from Urban Institute, an economic and social policy think tank. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 27 Jan. 2022 Rafael Vilasanjuan, the policy director of ISGlobal, a public health think tank in Barcelona, said that as countries in northern Europe move urgently to try to slow the variant, Spain could be losing valuable time in getting ahead of it. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 These positions will also offer lower educational barriers to entry, said Joseph Kane, a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 13 Dec. 2021 Harrington and a group of ACT UP members left the organization in 1992 to create the Treatment Action Group, a research and policy think tank that is fighting to end HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis C. NBC News, 1 Dec. 2021 Since 1999, more than 300 migrants have died attempting to cross, according to the Institute of Race Relations, a British think tank. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of think tank

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Think tank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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