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 Organized by Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal — director of the think tank at Koolhaas’s firm, OMA — this extravaganza of art, design, models, photographs, installations, charts, and diagrams wraps its way up the famous Guggenheim ramps. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "25 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks," 4 Jan. 2021 And another seven — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico and Pennsylvania — put incarcerated people after health-care workers and the residents and staff of long-term care facilities, according to the think tank. Isaac Stanley-becker, Anchorage Daily News, "Early vaccination in prisons, a public health priority, proves politically charged," 3 Jan. 2021 BlackRock has further honed this stance through its Investment Institute, a sort of internal think tank that publishes bulletins with commentary on geopolitics, and an entire section on its website devoted to commentary on financial stability. Washington Post, "Two Biden aides will recuse on BlackRock issues as past ties pose questions," 2 Jan. 2021 But, according to the think tank, there are a variety of options to limit the fiscal impact even in that scenario: Central banks could tier their reserves so some offer a lower interest rate, for one. Mike Bird, WSJ, "How the 2020 QE Boom Might Trip Up Central Bankers," 29 Dec. 2020 The high cost of drug tests isn’t just an Alabama problem, as reported in 2018 by Talk Poverty, a project of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning public policy think tank. Ashley Remkus |, al, "How court-ordered drug testing in Alabama poses impossible choices," 8 Dec. 2020 Unless Congress passes new legislation before then, about 12 million people in the U.S. stand to lose these CARES Act benefits, according to an estimate by The Century Foundation, a nonprofit think tank. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Federal unemployment aid for 80K-plus Kentuckians set to expire after Christmas," 4 Dec. 2020 The increase in infections has prompted consumer confidence to fade, according to the Conference Board, a nonprofit think tank that provides economic projections. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Jobless claims increase for second consecutive week as COVID-19 cases skyrocket across country," 25 Nov. 2020 The impending expiration of two federal unemployment programs the day after Christmas could eliminate benefits for 9.1 million people, according to the Century Foundation think tank. Arkansas Online, "U.S. jobless claims rise to 778,000 as pandemic worsens," 25 Nov. 2020

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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 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of think tank

: 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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