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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The findings reflect many conclusions from independent think tanks and cybersecurity professionals about how to protect the voting process, from stepping up cybersecurity training to implementing paper ballot systems. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: House Democrats list states with weakest election security in new report," 13 July 2018 At one extreme, ASOS, a global fashion hub for 20-somethings, can add up to 4,500 items daily to its website, said Deborah Weinswig, CEO of retail think tank Coresight Research. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Fast fashion fuels sustainable-apparel movement," 11 July 2018 IDEAS Keatinge is the Director of the Center for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute, the world's oldest independent think tank on international defense and security. Tom Keatinge, Time, "Another Death Knell for the Iran Nuclear Deal," 4 July 2018 Blast From the Past | The U.K. should start planning to delay Brexit and extend negotiations with the EU or face the disaster of leaving without a deal, former Prime Minister Tony Blair will tell the Chatham House think tank in London on Wednesday. Ian Wishart,, "Brexit Bulletin: Pandora’s Box," 27 June 2018 The report, prepared by Beacon Economics for San Francisco think tank Next 10, looked at housing, migration and employment trends. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "If people are fleeing the Bay Area for cheaper housing, why is it still so costly?," 4 May 2018 From her original paper, the Columbia professor created the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and co-founded the African American Policy Forum in 1996, the think tank behind the #SayHerName hashtag about police violence. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Bryan Stevenson's Call To Action for CEOs," 27 June 2018 Democratic committee members fretted that, ironically, Simmons had previously been a vice president at a think tank that called for eliminating EERE. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Senators question nominees for DOE's science and clean-energy research wings," 27 June 2018 The Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank, also publicized advice to news leaders. CBS News, "High-profile celebrity suicides leave media examining coverage," 13 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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