thinking

1 of 2

noun

think·​ing ˈthiŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce thinking (audio)
1
: the action of using one's mind to produce thoughts
2
a
: 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

2 of 2

adjective

: marked by use of the intellect : rational
thinking citizens
thinkingly adverb
thinkingness noun

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The first is access to the time, the thinking and the goals of our country's leaders. CBS News, 23 Nov. 2022 Kim Kardashian is doing some deep thinking and even deeper feeling. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 20 Nov. 2022 Our engineers love how early exposure to these concepts helps encourage problem-solving skills, critical thinking and scientific interest. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022 Masters endeared himself to many GOP primary voters with his penchant for provocation and contrarian thinking. Jonathan J. Cooper, ajc, 12 Nov. 2022 Masters endeared himself to many GOP primary voters with his penchant for provocation and contrarian thinking. Time, 12 Nov. 2022 Masters endeared himself to many GOP primary voters with his penchant for provocation and contrarian thinking. Jonathan J. Cooper, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 Masters endeared himself to many GOP primary voters with his penchant for provocation and contrarian thinking. Jonathan J. Cooper, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2022 This is where leadership skills of patience, tactical thinking and genuine listening are keys to success. Chris Lee, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Nibert loved the free-thinking spirit of the village and its college. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, 28 Aug. 2019 Credit Gus Malzahn for being proactive and thinking long-term in choosing his starting quarterback. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 22 Aug. 2019 The quick-thinking team administrator came up with a solution – flag down a tour bus. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 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, 20 Apr. 2018 Sometimes surgeries require more thinking beforehand. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, 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, 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, 2 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1674, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thinking was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thinking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thinking. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

thinking

1 of 2 noun
1
: the action of using one's mind to produce thoughts
2
a
: opinion sense 1, judgment
it is, to my thinking, utter nonsense
b
: thought entry 2 sense 2
the current thinking on the subject

thinking

2 of 2 adjective
: marked by use of the power of thinking
thinking citizens

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