thinking

noun
think·​ing | \ ˈthiŋ-kiŋ \

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

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 And, given that radicals have beliefs that tend to be associated with inflexible thinking, a team of researchers from University College London decided to see how metacognition works in individuals with radical political beliefs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything," 21 Dec. 2018 Such satellites would likely be lost during the chaos-inducing inward migration undertaken by these giants after their formation, the thinking goes. Mike Wall, Space.com, "First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet," 3 Oct. 2018 Do not be fooled into thinking that less expensive, similar silhouette shoes will work. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Most Chic and Comfortable Shoes to Wear to Work This Summer," 28 June 2018 This is typical of Simpson’s way of thinking, says her friend and former Vogue colleague Dodie Kazanjian. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Remembering Babs Simpson: Vogue Editor and Great American Free Spirit," 7 Jan. 2019 And implying that breasts are an identifying quality of a particular gender, or that they are required to fulfill a particular ideal of what a woman is supposed to be or look like, is a seriously offensive and antiquated way of thinking. Sara Altschule, SELF, "8 Things Not to Say to Someone After a Mastectomy," 3 Dec. 2018 The research so far shows a correlation between digital media bombardment and problems with thinking. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Is our constant use of digital technologies affecting our brain health? We asked 11 experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 That’s according to two people familiar with her thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement. Time, "Homeland Security Drafts Order to End Family Separations – But Would Send Children to Detention With Their Parents," 20 June 2018

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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