think tank

noun
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

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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First Known Use of think tank

1958

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Definition of think tank for English Language Learners

  • : 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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