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

The thinking goes like this: Better to inflict some pain now, in the form of higher joblessness and sluggish wage growth than to allow more pain later. Patricia Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 The thinking then was that customers would return if there were large, walkable spaces. James Barron, New York Times, "Lounge in Them. Dash Through Them. But Don’t Call Them Parks.," 13 July 2018 As the Brewers broke spring camp in Phoenix, the thinking was that right-handers Chase Anderson and Davies would be the top starters in the rotation, and rightfully so, after their strong performances in 2017. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers' depth has been huge in overcoming series of injuries this season," 6 July 2018 The thinking is that there is always a swath of coaching moves after a World Cup and a number of high-profile options could potentially be available. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The United States needs a soccer coach. Why not just steal Mexico's?," 25 June 2018 The thinking was that, by avoiding partisan primaries, candidates would have more incentive to play to the centre rather than the fringes. The Economist, "Democrats avoid disaster in California’s crazy primaries," 7 June 2018 Washington isn’t working, the thinking goes, and someone needs to fix it. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "How to change Washington," 27 May 2018 The thinking was that voters care more about bread-and-butter issues like jobs, terrorism and trade, and arguments about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling would prove a distraction. Philip Elliott, Time, "Democrats Have Avoided Talking About Russia. Here's Why That's Changing," 23 May 2018 The trait’s emergence in our species alone, the thinking went, was yet another indication of our superiority, a preference controlled by the brain and directly linked to our capacity for language and tool-making. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Was Science Wrong About Being Right?," 18 May 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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