thinking

noun
think·​ing | \ ˈthiŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce thinking (audio) \

Definition of thinking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of using one's mind to produce thoughts
2a : opinion, judgment I'd like to know your thinking on this
b : thought that is characteristic (as of a period, group, or person) the current student thinking on fraternities

thinking

adjective

Definition of thinking (Entry 2 of 2)

: marked by use of the intellect : rational thinking citizens

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Other Words from thinking

Adjective

thinkingly adverb
thinkingness noun

Examples of thinking in a Sentence

Noun

Form your own opinions: don't let others do your thinking for you! I've been doing some thinking about this, and I don't think you're right after all. The school's curriculum encourages independent thinking. A piece of quick thinking got us out of trouble. I'd like to know your thinking on this. What is the current thinking on the subject?

Adjective

Chess is a thinking man's game. it's surprising to find thinking people who believe such nonsense
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If these people can shrink things, just let ’em shrink things, seems to be the thinking. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and The Wasp': What the Critics Are Saying," 27 June 2018 All are factors that contributed to her new way of thinking about fashion and production, and what comes next for her. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Rentrayage Is the New, Sustainably-Minded Solo Project From Erin Beatty, Formerly of Suno," 5 Feb. 2019 One of the framing concepts for this is some recent thinking about the circular economy. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How slime molds and mussels could be the future of architecture," 27 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, back at the Waterfords’, Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) and June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) are doing a lot of thinking about what growing up in Gilead means for the baby girl one calls Nicole, the other Holly. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "TV picks: 'Sharp Objects,' 'Handmaid's Tale' season finale, 'Misfits & Monsters' and more," 5 July 2018 Jordan told reporters the only thing Barkley was destined for was a long summer of thinking about what might have been. azcentral, "Arizona Republic staff's best memories of 1992-93 Phoenix Suns," 16 June 2018 Aquaria gets teary thinking about making it to the finale. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: 'American' gurls," 14 June 2018 So far as thinking in Japan goes, the biggest casualty of this summit is likely to be the credibility of the US as an ally... The Economist, "Kim Jong Un did better than Donald Trump at the Singapore summit," 14 June 2018 Dementia is made up of a group of symptoms that affect thinking, memory, and social skills enough to interfere with a person's daily functioning. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Mother Has 'Rapidly Fallen Into the Throes of Dementia'," 4 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The quick-thinking team administrator came up with a solution – flag down a tour bus. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "San Diego Padres forced to take San Francisco tour bus to game," 25 June 2018 These are the most vulnerable parts [of the brain] and can be easily damaged, so your libido can run a bit more wild when it’s not being curtailed by the higher thinking part of the brain. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "A Head Injury Really Could Alter Your Self-Perception," 20 Apr. 2018 Sometimes surgeries require more thinking beforehand. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Why do some doctors refuse to give women IUDs?," 15 Oct. 2017 These moments suggest a thinking failure of his own: a failure to examine the inapt moral equivalences and disguised elitism inherent in his brand of provocation. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Michael Moore, Bragging on Broadway, in ‘The Terms of My Surrender’," 10 Aug. 2017 Which is why the response by any thinking Republican, or one even with a modicum of decency, was complete silence. Stephen A. Nuño, NBC News, "Opinion: Trump Wrecks Our Environment and Latinos Will Be Cleaning Up the Mess," 2 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thinking.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of thinking

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1674, in the meaning defined above

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thinking

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thinking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of using your mind to produce ideas, decisions, memories, etc. : the activity of thinking about something
: opinion or judgment
: a way of thinking that is characteristic of a particular group, time period, etc.

thinking

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thinking (Entry 2 of 2)

: able to think intelligently about complicated things

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