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 Even with these very high tariffs, the industry has not been able to take advantage,’’ said Christine McDaniel, a senior research fellow at Mercatus Center, an economic think tank at George Mason University., "Why Trump’s tariffs haven’t revitalized American steelmakers - The Boston Globe," 5 Nov. 2019 As residents of Delhi and surrounding areas huff and puff amid thick smog that has engulfed the region, Amitabh Kant, CEO of government think tank Niti Aayog, posted pictures of his vacation under the clear skies of Kerala over the weekend. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "“Sorry Delhi” photos on Twitter taunt choking residents of India’s capital," 4 Nov. 2019 The national nonprofit think tank and advocacy organization is focused on equity, and its leaders see math and science education as an equity issue. Alia Malik,, "In new San Antonio science and tech program, students call the shots," 26 Oct. 2019 The survey was carried out by Timon Capital, early-stage investor in sub-Saharan Africa and think tank Briter Bridges. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The best African country to be a startup CEO or developer is South Africa," 21 Oct. 2019 Richard Johnson of the Urban Institute think tank said the measure Social Security uses reflects workers, not retirees. CBS News, "Social Security increase for 2020 around $24 a month," 10 Oct. 2019 Accounts that are part of a political campaign, political party committee, or non-governmental organization or think tank related to democracy are eligible for AccountGuard. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Microsoft says Iranian hackers tried to hack a US presidential campaign," 4 Oct. 2019 Arielle Martinez Cohen remembers reading a report from an Australian think tank that warned the human species could face extinction by 2050 if society doesn’t get its act together. Dennis Prager, National Review, "If You Can’t Sell Your Hysteria to Adults, Try Kids," 24 Sep. 2019 The average age of disclosure is 52, according to CHILD USA, an interdisciplinary think tank focused on preventing child abuse and neglect. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Hundreds of new sex abuse claims against Boy Scouts of America suggest leaders exploited their prominent positions," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of think tank

1958, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2019

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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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