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

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McMaster’s last post in the Army was leading one of its internal think tanks. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Trump removes H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, replacing him with John Bolton," 22 Mar. 2018 The institute acts as a think tank on trauma-responsive issues and created the TARP training programs. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Help wanted: Trauma-focused social workers to stop downward spiral in Milwaukee," 4 June 2018 Since 2012, Halper has had contracts with the Defense Department, working for a Pentagon think tank called the Office of Net Assessment. Drew Broach,, "After Texas school shooting, Steve Scalise says removing prayer 'one of the problems': report," 22 May 2018 Store closing announcements nationwide more than tripled last year to about 7,000, a record, according to retail think tank Fung Global Retail and Technology. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "This out-of-town developer is shaping the way you shop in Charlotte | Charlotte Observer," 9 May 2018 While Stigler was marshaling researchers in the think tank world, the market was evolving to include more opportunities for speculative investments and bigger IPOs. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 In April, workers in Querétaro earned an average of $19.30 a day, about 12% higher than the national average, according to the nonpartisan think tank México ¿Cómo vamos? Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Two States of Mexico Reveal the Split Driving Sunday’s Presidential Election," 28 June 2018 Yang passed himself off as a think tank representative looking for a consultant on foreign policy. Rachel Weiner,, "Former CIA officer Kevin Mallory found guilty of selling secrets to China," 8 June 2018 Fred Fleitz's views of Islam have come under scrutiny since he was tapped for his role under Bolton, in part due to Fleitz's past work as a senior vice president at the think tank Center for Security Policy. Andrew Kaczynski And Chris Massie, CNN, "John Bolton's chief of staff defended fringe anti-Muslim, far-right activists in online columns," 7 June 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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: an organization that consists of a group of people who think of new ideas on a particular subject or who give advice about what should be done

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